City of Fairfax Redefines Abortion Clinics as “Medical Care Facilities” for Zoning

The City of Fairfax has recently amended their zoning regulations in such a way as to redefine abortion clinics as “medical care facilities” instead of regular business offices. This is a huge help to safeguard women’s health and preclude those who provide abortion from opening without required medical standards. It also precludes them from opening in residential neighborhoods.

You can watch the city council meetings at the following link: Just click on 2013 General Meetings… then July 9. The May 14 meetings was also pertinent to this issue with some tremendous local citizens speaking out for life.
http://fairfax.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Here are some quotes from the zoning amendment passed on 9 July:

“Clinics are regulated as a type of office and are permitted by-right in all commercial districts,” zoning administrator Michelle Coleman wrote. In the new ordinance, “clinics were removed from the definition of an office use and now fall within the medical care facility definition. That change was made because of similarity in land use characteristics between clinics and the other uses within the new category.”

Here is the definition Fairfax City approved Tuesday (9 July):

“Medical Care Facility means any hospital, urgent care facility, surgical center, or similar use. Medical Care Facilities shall not include a physician’s or dentist’s office.”

NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This fight is not over! Please write to the following Fairfax City Councilmen and register your support of the new zoning changes that just passed. They are under heavy attack by the pro-aborts (over 1,000 have already contacted the City Council). It is crucial that you send out ASAP! A sample letter is below and only takes a few minutes.

SEND TO THESE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: These are ones who supported the changes, the Mayor did not vote but he did support them.

Mayor

Honorable Scott Silverthorne email: scott.silverthorne@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850

City Council Members

Honorable Michael J. DeMarco michael.demarco@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850

Honorable Daniel F. Drummond dan.drummond@fairfaxva.gov

Honorable Jeffrey C. Greenfield jeff.greenfield@fairfaxva.gov

Honorable Steven C. Stombres steven.stombres@fairfaxva.gov

If you prefer to send a ‘regular’ letter, mail it to the Councilmen at:
Fairfax City Hall
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Thanks if you have already done so.

Liz Hildebrand, Coordinator, St. Raymond’s Respect Life Committee

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Dear Honorable ___________,

Thank-you for sponsoring the changes to the zoning ordinance pertaining to clinics, hospitals, medical or dental offices and related uses. I believe these are prudent and common sense changes and allow the adjacent communities and the Fairfax City Council to weigh in on the impacts of a new medical center before opening up in their neighborhood as certain medical facilities can have a negative impact to the health, safety, and general welfare of the community.

Thank-you once again!

Respectfully,

__________________
Name

__________________
Address, City, State, Zip

Fairfax Abortion Clinic Update

NOVA Women’s Healthcare on 10400 Eaton Place (the largest abortion mill in the Commonwealth of VA) is CLOSED. Building workers said they saw moving vans Tuesday this week, others came forward to tell Pro-lifers they were closed for business. We have no word they are opening up elsewhere and pray they are closed for good. If you call their office, they are directing women to Falls Church Healthcare and Alexandria Women’s Health – both abortion mills. (Yet as of last night their website makes no note of this …)

You may remember that NOVA WHC entered into a lease agreement with an office building on Main Street in the City of Fairfax to occupy the entire third floor, tripling their size. They lost that lease being but one parking space shy of the requirements. One parking space is a mighty thin margin of success but of course Our Lord is sovereign over parking lots too!

On Tuesday 14 May the City Council met and this topic was on the agenda. At that date the application had just been withdrawn, but the mayor still allowed (though discouragingly) concerned citizens to speak out on this agenda item. The link to that meeting is below. This topic began about 19 minutes in to the meeting and goes for quite a while as some great folks get up and “speak the truth in love”. Maybe you will recognize some of those who came forward.

Watch anytime at your convenience on the internet at the following link:

http://fairfax.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 (5/14/13)

Those who organized the community to rise up against this looming atrocity are sponsoring Final Closing Prayers on Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 am at 10400 Eaton Place! Hope to see you there!! There is also a Closing Celebration planned for sometime next month and we will let you know when we have the details worked out.

Celebrate with a certain amount of caution. There are few who will give up their livelihood ‘so easily.’ Please keep up the spiritual battle against this evil. Yet, while maintaining our vigilance, of course we still take this moment to say Thanks be to God!

Abortion Clinic Scheduled to Relocate and Expand in City of Fairfax

NOVA Women’s Healthcare has signed a lease to relocate from Eaton Place in Fairfax to 10680 Main Street in the City of Fairfax with the intention of occupying the entire third floor (19,000 sq ft) of the Mainland Office Building. This is a short walk from the Fairfax City historic district, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, retail establishments, offices, churches, schools, and quiet residential neighborhoods.
In 2012 NOVA WHC reported 3,066 abortions. That makes them the largest single abortion provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With their proposed expansion, they would have a 3.5 times larger facility.

This move is scheduled for 1 July 2013.

What can YOU do?
PRAY!
http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm
Please join in praying the above novena with many from all faiths who oppose this clinic opening.

What else?
Do you live in the City of Fairfax?
Do you own property in the City of Fairfax?
Do you work in the City of Fairfax?
Do you send your children to school in the City of Fairfax? This clinic will be located 1.1 miles Paul VI high school!
Do you frequent restaurants or other businesses in the City of Fairfax?
Then you have a voice!
(If you do not feel that you have a voice in this matter, PRAY and then think of who you know who can answer yes to the above questions and forward this to them!)

Speak directly to the Mayor and City Council at the city council meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 14, at City Hall Annex, 10455 Armstrong Street. Or simply attend this meeting to offer support!
While neither the Mayor nor the City Council can outlaw abortion in the City of Fairfax (because it is a legal activity in our nation), they do have the capacity to place restrictions on a business trying to open in the community if they feel it will be a detriment to the community. They can exercise their zoning authority as they would for any facility inappropriate for a quiet neighborhood bordering a historic area.

You can address the City Council in person at the meeting or by letter or email with the following points:
* An abortion clinic at 10680 Main Street will be a significant detriment to the City of Fairfax!
* Its massive 19,000 sq ft size could make Fairfax City the abortion capital of Virginia, negatively affecting tourism, retail, restaurant, and other trade, and lowered property values.
* The notoriety of such a large abortion facility so close to the historic district could hurt the city’s reputation and set back decades of making Fairfax City the pleasant and thriving community it is today.
* It may cause economic loss to neighboring businesses due to protests, boycotts, and public avoidance of facilities associated with controversy, along with increased difficulty in leasing office space in the area.
* If an armed guard is staged outside the facility on Saturdays, it will cast a pall over weekend sightseeing.
* Neighbors and visitors may encounter post-abortive women experiencing the physical and emotional side effects of abortion in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, in nearby restrooms, and other local areas.
* Sirens and flashing lights: such a large abortion facility may result in increased frequency of ambulances and emergency response vehicles arriving at the building, increased presence of law enforcement personnel and vehicles, and other effects decreasing the quality of life in the neighborhood.

All correspondence to these individuals should obviously be courteous and professional as well as succinct. Please copy your letters to:

City of Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
11166 Fairfax Blvd #407 Fairfax, VA 22030

Mayor
Honorable Scott Silverthorne email: scott.silverthorne@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850

City Council Members
Honorable Michael J. DeMarco michael.demarco@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850
Honorable Daniel F. Drummond dan.drummond@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable Jeffrey C. Greenfield jeff.greenfield@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable David L. Meyer david.meyer@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable Eleanor D. Schmidt eleanor.schmidt@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable Steven C. Stombres steven.stombres@fairfaxva.gov

Please address your letter to:

(mayor or city council member’s name),
Fairfax City Hall,
10455 Armstrong St.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Note: If you plan to speak at the May 14 city council meeting, please send a short email to stopthemegamill@gmail.com so we can get an estimate of the number of people who will be speaking.

Reminder: Pro-Life Speaker on May 2

Tomorrow evening, May 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. we are honored to have with us Larry Morris, Esq., the General Counsel of The Catholic University of America (CUA). Larry is in a position to give us unique insights of the religious liberty attacks taking place on our Catholic college campuses and how CUA and other Catholic institutions are defending themselves against them. You may recognize Larry as he is also a parishioner of St. Raymond’s.

LCAC Needs Your Help

We received an Urgent request from Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC). Their Food Pantry is critically low! We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food starting immediately. They are especially in need of canned fruit, canned meat and cereal. Please drop off your donations at the church after Mass or in the rectory during office hours. We would like to refill their pantry before Easter so that the food can get to those in need before Easter Sunday.

27 Feb 2013

This is a reminder of two important events at the parish this week:

1. Wednesday February 27th there will be a “Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty” beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m. As we sadly enter the last days of the Pontificate of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI, who steps down from the Chair of Peter on Thursday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. EST, we will offer special prayers for Pope Benedict, his successor and for the Church. If you cannot make it for Mass, consider stopping by and praying for these intentions during our regular Wednesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 7:00 p.m. Recite the Litany of Liberty, Novena Prayers to St. Thomas More, and the Prayer For Religious Freedom.

2. Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Father Scalia will return with the second installment of our Lenten Series on the Beatitudes. Attendance during the first week (last week) is NOT a prerequisite for attending the talk this week. Enjoy an enriching hour of spiritual guidance as we strive to live out the Beatitudes.