Students for Life of Southeast Tennessee, a student coalition from across the Tennessee Valley, is holding a rally on 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga.
William Reynolds, president of Students for Life, says, “Many people are not aware of this evil attempting to make a home in our city. We seek to gather together a Pro-Life student base. For the last 30 years Chattanooga has been abortion free. When the abortion industry sought to establish a clinic in 1994, it was the students who rose up and fought for the sanctity of life.”
“The Choices Pregnancy center sits where the clinic once stood. And we can do it again. We want to protect the rights of Chattanooga’s future citizens.”
“As Ronald Reagan said: ’Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others are not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves.’ Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. There is no cause more important than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”
The event will feature speakers, prayers from local clergymen, and a time to network.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has hired two local staff — a community organizer and a health education coordinator.
“Of particular concern is this idea of a health education coordinator, whose job is to promote Planned Parenthood’s disastrous sexual education program,” Mr. Reynolds says. “This program is designed to promote abortion, rather than encouraging a culture where life is celebrated.”
Although Planned Parenthood’s curriculum is officially banned in Tennessee, the group says that it has concerns about other ways that the curriculum could find its way into HCS classrooms.
“Our goal is to organize and fight back together. We are Christians, non-Christians, Catholics and Protestants who are all in lockstep on this important issue,” the group states.
William Reynolds can be reached at (423) 883-6011.