Chattanooga Pro-Life Teenagers Hope to Raise $20K to Stop Abortion Center
by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2008
Chattanooga, TN (LifeNews.com) — Teenagers in the Tennessee city of Chattanooga aren’t prepared to make the pro-life adults in town do all the work in opposing the building of a new abortion center. They’re ready to do their part by raising $20,000 in one day to support the cause.
The city that local pro-life advocates say is the largest in the United States without an operating abortion center appears likely to get one.
Stuart Schneider, who operates abortion facilities in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina and Augusta, Georgia, may be opening one here.
But the Chattanooga chapter of Teens Against Abortion will hold a massive donation car-wash on Tuesday at Ramsey’s Produce at 4118 North Access Rd to raise funds to battle the new center.
Jordon McAfee, 16, acting director for Teens Against Abortion, told the Chattanoogan newspaper about the event.
"We will be seeking to raise $20,000 in one day on this Tuesday," she said.
"This money will let us do a mailing to every doctor and nurse within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga. The letter will ask the doctors and nurses to direct girls who are having physical or emotional problems from an abortion to the AbortionProblems.net web site," she added.
That’s a local web site operated by the Chattanooga-based pro-life group American Rights Coalition to help pregnant women in difficult pregnancy situations.
McAfee told the newspaper the first car wash is only the beginning and that the group hopes to raise more money for a full-time effort against the abortion facility.
"We are working toward an annual budget of about $120,000. We want to be able to hire a full-time coordinator to direct all the activities to get this abortion clinic out of Chattanooga," McAfee said.
During the event, teens will be going to neighborhood businesses asking for donations to try to keep the abortion center out of Chattanooga.
They will eventually produced and airing television commercials on local stations.
As LifeNews.com previously reported, 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."
Last month, 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."
Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From LifeNews.com
Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report Receive a free daily email report from LifeNews.com with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.