SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The South Bend Common Council has failed to override the mayor’s veto of its decision to allow the Women’s Care Center to open next to a proposed abortion clinic on Lincoln Way West.
The council voted 5-4 last month to grant the rezoning sought by Women’s Care Center near where Whole Woman’s Health Alliance wants to start a non-surgical abortion clinic.
On Monday, nine council members stuck to their votes cast at the April 23 meeting, when they approved a rezoning sought by the group. The resulting tally fell a vote short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override.
It wasn’t immediately clear late Monday what the Women’s Care Center will do next. Its attorney, Richard Nussbaum, hinted in a Friday message to council members that the organization could ask a judge to overturn Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s veto.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued a statement following the vote:
I recognize that this is an issue on which good people have come to disagree, sometimes passionately. Now that the veto has been allowed to stand, our community can begin to move forward—hopefully in a constructive direction. We remain open to working with Women’s Care Center on a compromise solution using a more suitable site in the area.
Mayor Buttigieg spoke with Mark McGill on Michiana’s Morning News on Tuesday about the vote, and other topics.