For the past 28 years, the anti-abortion movement has come together on the first Sunday of October to stand on sidewalks across the US and Canada as a visual statement of solidarity.
This year, more than 1,400 cities and towns were expected to participate in the demonstration.
Because of the bad weather last weekend, the Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Highway 16 in Denver postponed their demonstration one week until Sunday. October 11th. From 12:30 - 1:30 Sunday, members of that church and others gathered along the highway holding signs against abortion.
On Saturday, anti-abortion groups protested at Planned Parenthood locations across the nation including North Carolina locations in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.
While the demonstrations and protests may draw attention to the abortion issue, Crisis Pregnancy Center on Clark's Creek Road in Lincolnton is trying to take another positive step in the pro-life movement.
The Center recently purchased a two-year old ultrasound machine that is still under service contract and had an original invoice price of $45,450 for $10,000. They've secured medical services, and now they're trying to raise money to buy a medical building just off Country Club Road.
"89.6% of abortion-minded women change their minds when they see their baby on an ultrasound, " Paula McSwain, Executive Director of the center told us. "There is no such thing as an unwanted child. Every child is already wanted. For every completed adoption, there are 36 more sets of parents waiting for a child to adopt."
McSwain says the center needs to raise $300,000 by early December. "Dr. John Chang, a recently retired ob/gyn in Lincolnton, has agreed to donate to us the entire contents of his building (exam beds, office furniture, office equipment valued over $48,000) if we purchase it for $300,000—that’s $70,000 below tax value," McSwain said. "That is a very generous offer, but CPC doesn’t have that kind of money and we are committed to operating debt-free. So Dr. Chang has agreed to give us until December 8th (90 days from the date of our meeting) to come up with those funds."
McSwain says over 12 thousand people have visited the Crisis Pregnancy Center Facebook page. "If each one of those would give just $25, we'd have the money we need," she said.
The Center is hoping for larger contributions from those who are able. "We are planning to hang a 1,000-piece puzzle in the reception area of our new facility in honor of our donors,' McSwain said. "Each piece will represent a donation of $300. Our question to the community--to individuals, families, churches, clubs--to everyone is: how many pieces can we count on you for? Is the life of a child worth a one-time gift of $300? Donations may be mailed to Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lincoln County, PO Box 1414, Lincolnton, NC 28093 or delivered in person at 621 Clarks Creek Road during regular business hours."
One person from another state (California) already made a $300 contribution--an early Christmas gift in honor of a relative who lives in Lincoln County. "For someone who doesn't really need anything or want anything for Christmas, this would make an excellent remembrance gift," McSwain said. "It's a way of giving the gift of life to an innocent child who might otherwise be aborted."
Saturday's rain probably diminished the amount raised at a walkathon at Hull's Grove Baptist Church-North on Car Farm Road. Although 150-200 people participated, the amount raised brought the total in the effort so far to $16,700. "That's a long way from $300,000," McSwain said, "but we're counting on God's blessing to see us through--and we're counting on those people who say they oppose abortion to show they really mean it."
McSwain said anyone with questions can contact her at Crisis Pregnancy Center 704-732-3384 (office), 336-469-3919 (cell), or email email@example.com.
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