Arkansas Abortion Center Where Pro-Lifers Nearly Ran Over Closes Down
by Steven Ertelt
July 28, 2010
Fayetteville, AR (LifeNews.com) — The Fayetteville Women’s Clinic abortion business located in this northwest Arkansas city that is the home of the University of Arkansas is closing down. The abortion facility is the site of an incident that saw a man attempt to run over pro-life advocates outside the building with his vehicle.
According to news reports, the Fayetteville Women’s Clinic will be closing its doors at the end of the month as the owner has announced his retirement.
"This will be the sixth abortion center at a location where 40 Days for Life’s peaceful prayer vigils have been conducted to go out of business," said Shawn Carney, the campaign director of 40 Days for Life, a national pro-life event.
"It is truly an answer to prayer that abortions will no longer be carried out at this facility," he told LifeNews.com.
The announcement comes as 40 Days for Life is accepting applications to host 40-day campaigns of prayer, fasting, vigil and outreach this fall from September 22 to October 31. This will be the seventh coordinated campaign.
Juliet Cassell, Fayetteville coordinator for 40 Days for Life, responded to the closing, saying, "We rejoice over the babies that will be saved and the parents who will be spared from a lifetime of regret."
She is also hoping abortions will stop at the local Planned Parenthood abortion business, which may benefit from the closing of its main competition. It gives women the dangerous abortion drug that has killed anywhere from 13 to dozens of women worldwide and injured more than 1,100 women in the United States along as of 2006 FDA figures.
In October 2008, advocates were standing on the curb just off of College Avenue in front of the Fayetteville Women’s Clinic abortion business as part of the 40 Days for Life event when they were nearly struck by a vehicle.
Witnesses at the scene say Jason Bryant Shireman purposefully drove his suburban onto the curb in an attempt to hit or scare the sidewalk counselors outside the abortion center.
Shireman told police that he drove onto the sidewalk to show the pro-life students "what he thought about them" but denied trying to hit them with the vehicle.
The pro-life advocates consisted mostly of students from Subiaco Academy who were taking part in the 40 Days of Life event. They were praying for the staff of the abortion facility and women going there for abortions at the time of the incident
In addition to the Fayetteville center’s closing, abortion facilities have closed in Dallas, Texas; Pensacola, Florida; Kalispell, Montana; Orange County, California; and Rockland County, New York following peaceful 40 Days for Life prayer vigils.
More than three dozen abortion center employees have left their jobs in the abortion industry, and more than 2,800 babies’ lives have been spared from abortion during these campaigns.
"How humbling will it be to see God use the simplicity of prayer, fasting, outreach, and vigil to bring an end to abortion in many more areas, just like Fayetteville?" Carney said.
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