On May 17, pro-lifers in Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated 28 years of being a city with no abortions.
The Chattanoogan reports pro-life advocates rallied together in 1993 to help close the only abortion facility in the city, raising more than $300,000 in a week to buy the abortion facility building at a bankruptcy sale.
This week, local pro-life advocate Thomas Snowden remembered how many people came together to pray, donate and work to protect unborn babies from abortion nearly three decades ago.
“We thanked God when the last abortion clinic closed, and we continue to thank Him that Chattanooga has been the largest city in the country without an abortion clinic for 28 years,” Snowden told the news outlet.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports pro-lifers converted the land on which the abortion facility stood into a memorial for aborted babies.
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The National Memorial for the Unborn opened in 1994 as a place of remembrance for aborted babies and healing for their mothers, fathers and other family members. It includes a 50-foot granite “Wall of Names” with small plaques dedicated to babies by individuals across the country.
“By honoring their child, countless individuals and families have found freedom from guilt and shame and moved toward forgiveness and restoration,” the memorial website states.
On Monday, pro-life advocate Charles Wysong said the closing of the abortion facility had a huge impact on the city, according to the report.
“The spiritual atmosphere in Chattanooga changed when the abortion clinic closed,” he said.
Wysong said pro-lifers recently learned that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, hired two employees in Chattanooga, and they are once again working to stop abortions in Chattanooga, according to the Times Free Press.
“I know there are churches right now that are praying and working to see that this does not become a sanctuary for Planned Parenthood,” Wysong said.
In March, Planned Parenthood told the newspaper that it was hiring a community organizer and a health educator in Chattanooga, but it does not plan to open an abortion facility in the city at this time.
Still, pro-life advocates are preparing. The Greater Chattanooga Right to Life has an online petition against the abortion chain and plans to set up billboards exposing Planned Parenthood’s “devastating effects on women and children,” according to the report. Find the petition here.
“Even though Planned Parenthood claims they are not looking to provide clinical services in Chattanooga, abortion is Planned Parenthood’s greatest source of profit and their entire business model is built around maximizing their abortion business, including introducing themselves into a community with sex education programs,” the pro-life organization warned.
Its two new employees are working to build support for its pro-abortion agenda in Chattanooga, Greater Chattanooga Right to Life continued. The pro-life organization urged local residents to speak out and stand up for the lives of unborn babies just as they did 30 years ago.