New York Pro-Life Advocates Celebrate Closing of New City Abortion Center
by Steven Ertelt
June 19, 2008
New City, NY (LifeNews.com) — Local pro-life advocates will hold a celebratory mass at St. Augustine Church today to mark the closing of a local abortion center. Abortion practitioner Jae-Hak Choe has closed his abortion facility located on 200 E. Eckerson Road and he appears to have retired rather than sold it to someone else.
As LifeNews.com reported in April, the Abortion Services facility was one of 50 abortion businesses across the nation that were the site of prayer vigils and pro-life advocates during the 40 Days for Life campaign.
Peggy Beirne of The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants says the closing of the abortion center in the northern New York suburb is part of a rash of six in the county that have closed over the last several years.
"That was the last surgical abortion clinic in Rockland County," Bierne told the Journal News. "There are no more abortion clinics in Rockland County as far as we know."
David Bereit, national campaign director, told LifeNews.com back in April that his group joins pro-lifers in Rockland County, New York in rejoicing over the news.
He said the abortion business was "responsible for ending the lives of untold numbers of innocent unborn children over its many years of operation."
"The unceasing prayers of these faithful people have been answered," he said.
Bereit said he visited one night of the prayer vigil as he traveled the country to support the local efforts.
"My family and I visited that particular clinic vigil on a snowy night earlier this year," he said. "My wife and children were photographed alongside a young man who carried a sign reading, ‘Nothing is impossible with God.’ That is certainly the case here."
"We are humbled to know that people participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign may have played a role in the peaceful closure of this abortion center," he said.
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