July 11, 2022

Proposed Rockford Abortion Clinic Condemned by City

The city of Rockford condemned a building on 611 Auburn St. that was set to become an abortion clinic.

A sign posted on the front of the building says it was condemned due to an open sewer. The city has also levied a stop-work order against the location.

The location was purchased by abortionist Dennis Christensen on June 15 for $75,000. He previously owned an abortion clinic in Rockford called "Northern Illinois Women's Center." That clinic closed in 2012 after the city cited it for unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

After the Northern Illinois Women's Center closed, Christensen opened a new abortion business in Wisconsin. His move back to Illinois was likely spurred by the overturn of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court decision reinstated Wisconsin's 1849 law prohibiting all abortions except to save the mother's life.

23 News reached out to the city of Rockford for further information. Their response suggested that zoning could also be an issue for the potential clinic.

“City related signage on the building at 611 Auburn Street is related to typical permits required for general building upgrades, not for any specific use of the facility,” the city wrote in a statement. “At this point, the City has not received a detailed business plan to determine if the current zoning of the building is appropriate for any potential intended use by the new owner.”