A North Carolina abortion clinic is trying to stop a local pro-life pregnancy center from becoming its next-door neighbor.
On Tuesday, the Raleigh City Council considered a rezoning measure to allow Your Choice Pregnancy Clinic, a pro-life organization, to open a new facility on land it purchased in January, WRAL News reports. The land is located right next door to the abortion clinic A Preferred Women’s Health Center.
Calla Hales, an administrator for the abortion clinic, showed up at the meeting Tuesday to ask the council to reject the rezoning request, according to the report. Several abortion activists also claimed that the pro-life pregnancy center and its supporters would harass women seeking abortions.
“Clearly, I would like to ask you not to rezone the property,” Hales said. “While this has nothing to do with the fact we have opposing views, it has everything to do with security.”
Tonya Baker Nelson, director of the pro-life pregnancy center, refuted Hales’ claims, saying her organization does not harass women or encourage or allow protesters on its property.
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“We don’t need to protest to attract ourselves to the community,” Nelson told the council.
“We will be located right beside the abortion clinic, much like McDonald’s is across the street from Burger King,” Nelson said previously. “It makes good business sense to go exactly where the people are that we’re trying to reach.”
The council did not vote Tuesday because of a clerical error on the notices listing the wrong time for the public hearing, according to the report. The council may take up the matter during its July meeting, the report states.
The pro-life pregnancy center, run by The Hands of Hope ministry, currently leases office space at another location, according to the News Observer. It bought the land next to the abortion clinic in January and plans to move there after its zoning request is approved.
In April, abortion activists also lobbied against the measure during a West Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council meeting. Despite the abortion supporters’ protests, that local council approved the measure and sent it to the city council for the next step in the approval process.
Abortion supporters’ opposition to the move is interesting, considering that they call themselves “pro-choice.” Abortion clinics typically offer women just one “choice” — abortion, while pregnancy resource centers offer women alternatives to abortion, including parenting and adoption resources. If pro-abortion people support giving women a “choice” to abort, give birth or make an adoption plan, they should welcome a pregnancy center that offers women alternatives to abortion.
According to its website, Hands of Hope operates two pregnancy centers in North Carolina where it offers free and confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, options counseling and more. The pro-life center says it “exists solely to truly offer women and men who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy a real choice in their decision making process.”’