The biggest Planned Parenthood in Central Florida is moving into Osceola County, just across the street from Osceola Regional Medical Center.

The so-called "mega-facility" will take over the vacant Oak Commons medical center in Kissimmee, providing family planning and education.

It would also provide abortion resources.

Despite the hundreds of protesters at a meeting Tuesday night, Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan reiterated that it would be illegal to try and stop Planned Parenthood from moving in.  But that’s not stopping residents and doctors from voicing their opinions.

"Sometimes the local government hands are tied with the rules and regulations since they are in place and we can't always do what folks would prefer that we do," Swan said.

Still, local churches and doctors in Osceola County said they are not stopping their fight to keep Planned Parenthood from moving into their area.

Dr. Jose Fernandez runs a family practice in Kissimmee. The walls of his office are covered with photos of babies he has delivered, and he said the news of a Planned Parenthood opening near his practice does not sit well with him or the community.

"The issue that surrounds those clinics, which is centered around the idea of abortion, is very disconcerting," said Fernandez. "We have a fantastic religious community, supportive churches, and this is very upsetting up the community." Fernandez said.

Planned Parenthood issued a statement expressing excitement about its biggest center in Central Florida. CEO Jenna Tosh also said less than 10 percent of what they do involves abortion.

"One in five American women has turned to us at some point in her life for professional, nonjudgmental and confidential care," Tosh said.

News 13 asked people walking by the Oak Commons center to see what they thought of the idea of Planned Parenthood moving into their community. We got mixed reactions, including these two Kissimmee residents:

"I don't really support the abortion area. That's just a no-no for me,"
— Mariangely Crus, of Kissimmee.

"The birth control would be really good."
— Brandon Mejia, of Kissimmee

Planned Parenthood said the new center would provide testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, education on birth control and abortion resources.

Mayor Jim Swan said the city doesn't have a say on who moves into the building.

"No matter how we feel individually, when you become a commissioner, you have a responsibility to everyone," said Swan. "It would be illegal to try and stop it."

But those against Planned Parenthood said they will demand the city steps in and continue to pray outside the site until it is stopped.


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