The location of a Toledo abortion mill forced to close for breaking Ohio law will be turned into a memorial for the unborn.
An alliance of pro-life and Christian groups has purchased the property that formerly housed the Center for Choice, the site of some 50,000 abortions between 1983 and 2013, according to a report by Toledo Faith and Values.
The Center for Choice closed in 2013 after the Ohio Department of Health uncovered numerous health and other violations and the facility was found to be non-compliant with Ohio’s law requiring a transfer agreement with a local hospital.
The law is among numerous state laws in the U.S. requiring that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges or transfer agreements in case their procedures result in complications for pregnant mothers.
The former Center for Choice property was purchased October 7 by the Christian prayer organization Agora, along with the Northwest Ohio Foundation for Life, Heartbeat of Toledo, the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo, the Bowling Green Pregnancy Center and Catholic Charities of Northwest Ohio, according to Ed Sitter, executive director of Foundation for Life and Greater Toledo Right to Life.
Plans for the memorial were announced at a Foundation for Life benefit the same day the sale of the property closed, Toledo Faith and Values reported.
“The Lord orchestrated circumstances that enabled Agora to secure the winning big for that property,” said Ed Sitter, executive director of Foundation for Life and Greater Toledo Right to Life.
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The pro-life groups had been meeting “in hopes of devising a way to acquire the property and make it a memorial to the unborn and a place of healing, forgiveness and closure for those women and, yes, men who have come to regret their abortion decision,” he said.
Sitter said he imagines the location as a peaceful memorial where people can gather to remember and pray for the victims of abortion as well as for the men and women who went to the clinic for the procedure, according to Toledo Faith and Values.
The founder of the Center for Choice abortion facility, expressed dissatisfaction at plans to destroy the building, calling it a wasteful use of money.
“It seems to me, since it was an abortion clinic, they could capitalize on women going to the door seeking an abortion and try to talk them into not having one,” Carol Dunn said. “They have no taste. It’s a lovely building. The floors in there are terrazzo. And outside, when it was cared for, it was a good-looking building.”
Capital Care Network, was ordered to close by the State for not having a transfer agreement with a Toledo hospital, but the abortion business won a stay in August, allowing it to remain open during the appeal process.