An Indiana pregnancy center will be able to open near a notorious abortion facility after all.
The Women’s Care Center of South Bend, a pro-life pregnancy center, faced a setback in April when the mayor of South Bend vetoed its zoning request and prevented it from opening next door to the Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic.
But this month, a local business owner offered the pregnancy center another property across the street from the abortion facility, WSBT 22 reports. The pro-life nonprofit said it plans to buy the property and open a new facility next year.
Here’s more from the report:
The center plans to purchase the Catnap Inn on Lincoln Way West, just across the street from the site the center initially wanted.
The center’s vice president says the owner of the Catnap Inn stepped up to offer sale of the property.
The Catnap Inn is already zoned properly, so the center doesn’t have to go back to the city for a request.
The pro-life nonprofit said the new location will serve “women, children and families of South Bend’s west side in the quiet, peaceful and non-judgmental way we’ve done for the past 34 years.”
Non-profit pregnancy centers like Women’s Care Center provide information about pregnancy options and life-affirming support for women and their babies. Their services often include counseling and emotional support, material supplies like cribs, diapers and maternity clothes, and help with job skills, housing assistance, social services and more. Many continue to support women and children for the first couple years after birth. What’s more, they provide their services for free.
Of course, abortion activists are not happy about the news. Amy Hagstrom Miller, who runs the Whole Women’s Health abortion chain, blasted the non-profit pregnancy center in a comment to the South Bend Tribune.
Hagstrom Miller claimed the pregnancy center tries to “shame” and “dissuade women” from going to her clinic for “medical services” – in other words, it encourages women not to abort their unborn babies. She also said she is “disappointed” by the pro-life nonprofit’s “persistence.”
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Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion chain, also has had its plans to open in South Bend delayed. In January, the state denied a license to the abortion facility, saying it provided “inaccurate statements and information” on its application; the abortion chain is appealing.
The abortion chain has a poor reputation for meeting basic health and safety standards. Whole Women’s Health has racked up dozens of health and safety violations at its Texas facilities. Health inspection reports show numerous problems with sterilizing and disinfecting instruments that were used from woman to woman. State inspectors also found rusty spots on suction machines that had the “likelihood to cause infection” and other issues that put patients’ safety in jeopardy.
South Bend — the home to the University of Notre Dame — has not had an abortion facility since 2015 when abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was forced to close. He faced 1,833 allegations of violating the law, including failures to report the suspected rapes of several teen girls to authorities.