Chattanooga, Tennessee Looks More Likely to Get New Abortion Business
by Steven Ertelt
July 31, 2008
Chattanooga, TN (LifeNews.com) — The city that locals say is the largest in the United States without an operating abortion center appears more and more likely to get a new abortion business. Stuart Schneider, who operates abortion facilities in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina and Augusta, Georgia, may be opening one here.
LifeNews.com previously reported on the potential opening and noted how local pro-life advocates saw ads for the new abortion center in the latest edition of their phone directories.
A web site that lists locations of abortion centers in Tennessee also had an announcement that a new Chattanooga abortion center will open in August.
The web site, which appeared to be owned and run by Schneider and touts his other abortion centers, says, "In August of 2008, we will be opening a new, state of the art facility in Chattanooga."
On Thursday, the Chattanoogan newspaper indicated local pro-life group PROMACC, the Pro-Life Majority Coalition of Chattanooga, held a press conference and discussed the new center.
"Evidence indicates that 4066 Hixson Pike will be the location of the abortion clinic," Christy McCain said at the event.
"This property is currently owned by TPC Properties, LLC," she added. "We believe LLG, LLC, a North Carolina company, will be the owner of the clinic. We also have reason to believe the clinic will arrive in Chattanooga very soon."
PROMACC officials would not say how they obtained them, but they distributed copies of records showing the members of the LLC and the names of local medical personnel who would be working at the abortion center.
McCain said her group would continue working to stop the new abortion center and wants to keep Chattanooga as the largest American city without an abortion facility. According to the 2000 census, just over 155,000 people live in Chattanooga.
"We do not want this type of business in our city," she told the newspaper.
Previously, Brian Harris, the president of Tennessee Right to Life, confirmed to LifeNews.com that he thinks a new abortion center is in the works as well.
He said when he received his newest copy of the phone book that covers the area, he saw a large advertisement for a new abortion business. Calls to local pro-life advocates confirmed his suspicion that the new abortion business in Chattanooga will open in August.
Harris said the ads also appear to target women in Nashville and Knoxville as well.
He told LifeNews.com he worries that the state’s position as one of the most pro-abortion in the country is allowing the opening of more centers.
Because of a state Supreme Court decision, his group has not been able to enact the kinds of sensible abortion limits seen in most other states.
The announced opening proves again our states growing reputation among abortionists as a place where the practice is largely unregulated and now protected as a so-called fundamental right by our state Supreme Court, Harris said.
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