An Ohio pro-life organization just bought a parking lot across the street from a Toledo abortion facility with hopes of helping more mothers choose life for their unborn babies.
ABC 13 reports Foundation for Life purchased the property in March for $35,000. The transaction occurred not long after the city council created a buffer zone that hinders pro-life outreach around Capital Care of Toledo, an abortion facility.
“I thought if we owned the property, that would be another reason for the unconstitutionality of the ordinance itself,” Ed Sitter, executive director of the pro-life organization, told the local news.
The former owner said the parking lot has been for sale for 20 years.
Employees of the abortion facility told the local news that their landlord also was trying to buy the property. However, the former owner said they decided to sell it to the pro-life organization after the landlord did not propose a counter-offer.
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Kristin Hady, an employee of the abortion facility, told ABC 13 that their patients frequently park in the parking lot, but they now are warning them not to.
Pro-life volunteers believe the parking lot will provide new opportunities to offer help and hope to mothers and babies. Bob Schoen with Foundation for Life said they just want to help.
“They’ll change their minds. We know that it’s not going to be many, but it doesn’t have to be many for us. We want to help the ones that we can,” Schoen said.
Foundation for Life is dedicated to peaceful, prayerful outreach to mothers and unborn babies outside the abortion facility. Pro-life volunteers also pray for the fathers, abortion workers and others impacted by abortion. They also collect diapers and other baby supplies to help families in need.
Through continued outreach and advocacy, the pro-life organization hopes to see the abortion facility close someday soon.
Capital Care of Toledo has been accused repeatedly of violating state health and safety regulations. In 2019, the abortion facility was forced to relinquish its license to do surgical abortions after state health officials said it put women’s lives in jeopardy by violating state health and safety laws. It now only provides abortion drugs up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.