Naperville City Council Approves Controversial Plan For Fertility Clinic

UPDATED 04/04/12 7:29 a.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — A doctor in Naperville has been given the green light to open a fertility clinic, despite objections from some neighbors on moral grounds.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Dr. Randy Morris is planning for a clinic that will provide medications, insemination, in-vitro fertilization and surgical procedures at the northwest corner of Washington Street and Benton Avenue.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The site is now a vacant lot with a concrete slab and weeds. Morris has a smaller fertility clinic and Naperville and a larger one in the city of Chicago, but he wanted to consolidate in downtown Naperville.

At a Naperville City Council hearing Tuesday night, Morris characterized the positions of those who opposed his clinic as extreme. He pointed out that while the Roman Catholic Church has taught that conception through means other than sexual intercourse is sinful, and that embryos are fundamentally the same as babies who have been born, these teachings do not constitute facts on which to base policy.

“We can argue for eternity about when a sphere of divining cells becomes a human, but it is like arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin,” Morris said. “Just because you say you have one interpretation does not make it true. Ask Galileo.”

He added that the issue before the City Council had only to do with zoning, but zoning had nothing to do with the reason some neighbors were trying to block the clinic from opening.

“Because one small and noisy group has a religious view that IVF is immoral and sinful, they take issue with the fact that this sinful place would be located several blocks away from churches, schools and children’s museums,” Morris said.

City Council members pointed out that the only issue on the table was, in fact, zoning, and approved the clinic on that basis.

Some City Council members previously expressed concern about the facility. City Councilman Bob Feesler said it was a “bad use” of the property.

Feesler said he was concerned about potential protests, similar to those at the Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora.

Some objectors had also expressed concern that students at nearby North Central College would be targeted to donate eggs.

But some council members stressed that the clinic would help families struggling to conceive a child.

Area resident Kendra walked by the vacant site early Wednesday.

“I think it’s great. This corner has been ugly for a long time. It’s time to get some business in there, and there are a lot of people who are going to benefit from having some other options in this area for treatment,” she said.

There is a name change involved in Morris’ practice. Instead of being called the Naperville Fertility Clinic, the new practice will be called the Naperville Family Building Center.

  • Smooth

    Dr Morris’s position is not in conjuntion with the moral/Biblical viewpoint of this issue. Of course he will profit from this facility both financially and with fame. What is amazing is that he attacks those opposed to him with controversial statements. A “small and noisy religious group” opposition and never does he use the morality of the issue. Is Dr Morris a God fearing person ? Definitley not because he is now determining who is born and when. Shame on you Dr Morris, your day will come

    • Prudes Suck!

      There is nothing worse in this country than self rightous prudes who feel the need to push their religious agendas on evryone. If you don’t like the f**king clinic, then don’t go there. But keep you self rightous views to yourself.

      • smooth

        You need to understand that there is a difference between “pushing our religious views on everyone” and standing up for what the Bible teaches. do you attend a church, if so what is their teaching on this? Also as you have the right to disagree with me, I also have the right to express my viewpoint.

      • Patty Reynolds-Andersen

        Well said! I am so sick of these zealots! It is a simple as that – if you don’t like it don’t go there.

    • MAB

      You are not responsible for judging his soul or anyone else’s. Please do some credit to your own faith and leave the judgment up to God.

    • MAB

      I’ve read my Bible cover to cover…please show me where it says in the Bible that IVF is wrong….

  • MindYourOwnBeezWax

    Your superiority complex is showing through. This man is giving people that would otherwise not have the chance the possibility of having children. He is not determining anything, he is merely upping the odds. Some of us are not as fortunate as others when it comes to having children, and our only hope is to seek someone who can push the odds in our favor. Congrats on being incredibly fertile. As I was not granted that gift, my wife and I have to seek other options. Thank God for people like Dr. Morris.

  • Smooth

    Let’s get one thing straight about my positiion, The bottom line is this: What/Who is your source of AUTHORITY? If it is Dr Morris or Galileo, then you are correct, IF it is the Bible then mine is correct. Very simple to understand that, Just remember there IS a judgment day and you are held accountable

    • Joanna

      But doesn’t God want us to procreate? I don’t remember reading anywhere in the bible that fertility clinics are evil. If you could point me to the passage, that would be great.

      • Smooth

        From day 1 it was man and woman to “lie together” to procreate, NOT woman to be injected from man’s medical methods. The sovereignty of God is the issue. And what may I ask does your church teach about this method?

  • Tom R.

    We have been involved with Dr. Morris for a good many years. For those that don’t know him, his bedside manner is far from impersonal and he takes great care and concern for the parents to be. This process to him is his passion and it shows. Never once did it ever enter my mind that he would be exploiting us for monetary gain or a larger ego. He truly wants to help people. I think that the fact that Dr. Morris has selected Naperville as a sight for his office should only make people more proud of what Naperville has to offer. There is absolutely no magic that he performs. Everything is procedural and calculated but the odds of conceiving are still high. All he does is try and help leverage the odds in the parent’s favor with best practices.
    If you had a disease or a life-threatening ailment, would you go to the doctor and have it looked at and taken care of, or would you just sit and die. Most people would allow modern medicine to change the course of a DOOMED life. Does that make those doctors or medicine pretending to be God? The answer is “No”. So when we have a true professional able to help a couple conceive, nothing more is happening than giving them a chance.
    You will never see a couple who was stricken with the misfortune of infertility protest a site that is so helpful to so many people. I thank God that not everyone has to go through such an unromantic process to conceiving through fertility procedures. But I praise my God for giving us people like Dr. Morris.

  • madashell

    Since when is not having a baby a doomed life? What about adoption? There are children who need a good home. Children of rape are conceived unromantically as well, they usually end up in the foster care system. The site was selected because Naperville has money.

    • Joanna

      You obviously didn’t read all of Tom R’s post. It’s obvious you are an angry, sad individual and I shall pray for you as well.

    • Tom R.

      If you read my comment right, my comment on Doomed life was referring to, not taking treatment for a medical condition that could be life threatening. It had nothing to do with conceiving a child. That medical teatment could change whether you live or die. Is that playing the role of God, I don’t think so especially if you are that person.

      My comment on unromatic is only putting in to context the endurement that a couple partakes in this process. As for Naperville and money, if you really new anything about Dr. Morris, you would know his practice moved from the northside of Chicago/Gold coast. Money is no the object.

      I am going to pray for you tonight because you are really looking for things to be upset about. I pray that you find comfort in your inner self

    • MAB

      The site was selected because he already has an office in Naperville. His current Naperville office is not equipped to do all of the IVF procedures, however, and so he has been holding an office in Chicago where his patients go for the surgical procedures associated with IVF. So he’s just looking to consolidate. Again, I repeat. He wants to be in Naperville because he’s already here, and most of his patients are from Naperville or nearby.

  • smooth

    “I am going to pray for you tonight because you are really looking for things to be upset about. I pray that you find comfort in your inner self” Have you ever considered that God will not listen to your prayers as you are justifying a practice God does not approve of. What does your church say about this matter and the need for adoption parents? Dr Morris and those who support him evidently look at things from a WORLDLY viewpoint and not the Biblical point.

    • Tom R.

      And you represent Christianity saying stuff like that. Wow!

    • MAB

      The Bible says to “be fruitful and multiply.” The Bible also says that because of the fall, women will struggle to conceive AND struggle to bear children. Genesis 4:1 says “Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying “I have produced a son with the help of the Lord.” It doesn’t say “God told Adam and Eve to have children, and God told them that they could only do this by having sex.” Nope. The Bible explains that Cain was conceived by Adam and Eve, with the help of the Lord. My future IVF children (if I am so blessed) will be conceived by my husband and myself, with the help of the Lord. If there is somewhere else in the Bible that says “You must have sex to make babies otherwise you’re condemned,” then please cite chapter/verse for me.

  • smooth

    so what church/denomination do you attend

    • MAB

      There are millions of Christians who are a part of denominations that do not find fertility treatments un-Biblical, un-faithful, or otherwise problematic.

      United Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, United Church of Christ…and the list goes on…

  • Savedbygrace

    I love the Lord and struggle with infertility. I believe Christians should be known by WHO we’re for, not what we’re against. I know many Godly women who have had IVF and fertility treatments and God has used it in their lives in powerful ways. Please don’t judge Christians by the vocal minority who don’t truly understand Christ’s love and take it out on others. Just like some Christians believe in homeschooling and some in putting their kids through public school, this issue is open-handed–we can disagree and still be brothers and sisters in Christ. My prayer is that women who struggle with fertility don’t read some of these comments and get discouraged. God speaks to each of us individually, no two people walk the same road. We just have to trust Him and realize that ultimately…no matter how we conceive He is the author and creator of life.

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