This week, the pro-life community of Chatanooga, Tennessee celebrated 28 years without an abortion facility in the city.
According to the Catholic News Agency:
“Greater Chattanooga Right to Life is grateful that Chattanooga has been without an abortion clinic for nearly three decades and want to keep it that way,” Candy Clepper, the organization’s president, told CNA.
Chattanooga’s last abortion clinic closed May 17, 1993, and the pro-life community has been working to educate the public ever since.
“We are spreading the good news that life matters with billboards all over Chattanooga and surrounding areas,” said Clepper. “We are partnering with churches to pray, carry out petitions, and attend school board meetings. We are educating the public on Planned Parenthood’s devastating effects on women and children, and we are advocating for public policy that respects the sanctity of human life.”
Twenty-eight years ago the pro life community raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase the last failing abortion clinic in a bankruptcy sale.
The building was restored into two pro-life centers: Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, which supports pregnant women, and the National Memorial to the Unborn, which works to help heal the pain associated with abortion loss.
Pro-lifers across the nation have taken action against pro-abortion extremism and worked to enshrine pro-life laws in communities. One such example is in Lubbock, Texas, where citizens voted to pass a “sanctuary” policy effectively banning abortions in the city.