Chattanooga: A City Abortion-Free For 25 Years

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - by Charles Wysong

Twenty-five years ago, Chattanooga was embroiled in a heated debate over abortion. Today, all is quiet. Both abortion clinics are closed. Six area hospitals stopped doing abortions and Planned Parenthood left town.  Not one doctor in town will admit to doing elective pregnancy terminations. 

Many have remarked that "Chattanooga is an abortion-free city done right." Even a local doctor who used to do abortions stated, "I think the pro-lifers here have been very responsible.  They have used political, economic and social pressure to push their agenda, not violence." -- Chattanooga Times, 2/27/95 

Others at the time made similar observations. A local medical ethics professor said, "To speak in favor of abortion in this town is like saying that you are in favor of sin." 

There will be a "Give Thanks to God" service on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the National Memorial to the Unborn at 6230 Vance oad. The public is invited to come and hear and give testimonies, sing and give thanks to God. 

"This Sunday people of our city will come together to celebrate 25 years of being abortion-free. We give thanks to God," said Charles Wysong, president of American Rights Coalition an organization that helps women sue abortion clinics for malpractice and is one of the organizers of the event. "Abortion may be legal, but malpractice is not." 

"Seeing Chattanooga become abortion-free is a great story, and we have created a website to help other cities become abortion-free, www.abortionfreecity.com," said Mr. Wysong.

Chattanooga pioneered the effort of targeting abortion clinics for malpractice. As the effort has spread to other communities, there has been a drastic drop in both clinics and abortions. In 1991 there were nearly 2,200 surgical abortion clinics nationwide, today that number is under 500. Abortions in that same period dropped from 1.6 million to 926,000. In 2017 Planned Parenthood closed 32 offices. Only 12 percent of U.S. counties still have an abortion clinic.



Metro Tab Church Hosts Dessert With Bessie

The Neshawn Calloway invites the public to have Dessert with Bessie as they celebrate the Empress of the Blues on  Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.  The evening will include coffee, dessert, and dancing. You will enjoy some of Bessie Smith’s classics and the second half of the show will feature some of your favorite smooth jazz and old school R&B hits.   The ... (click for more)

Vickie Yohe Sings At Metro Church Sunday

The public is invited to a praise and worship experience featuring gospel legend Vickie Yohe at Metro Tab Church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Metro Tab Church is a multicultural and non-denominational ministry. It is at 2101 West Shepherd Road.  For more information visit www.metrotab.net or call 894-3377. (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, 46, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. McElrath was a former Hamilton County corrections officer from 1996-1999. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front ... (click for more)

Gary Douglas, 25, Shot Early Sunday Morning; Dewayne Stanley, 24, Is Arrested

Gary Douglas, 25, was shot early Sunday morning, and Dewayne Stanley, 24, was arrested.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at approximately  3 a.m.   to a person shot on the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate Douglas, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Investigators ... (click for more)

Use Purse Building For Chattanooga Museum Of History And Industry

I was caught off-guard and pleasantly stoked by Eric Atkins' editorial on Chattanoogan.com last week suggesting that one of the soon-to-be surplused city buildings could be turned into a history museum.   I didn't think anyone other than myself that I didn't know cared, or at least would turn their thoughts into the topic of an editorial.  I believe that most of the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Many Math-Tragic Replies

The reaction to my Sunday story, “90% Can’t Do Math,” was fast and furious yesterday. A surprising number of the replies were from teachers, confirming the fact that only nine percent of the pupils in our Hamilton County Public Schools are getting the education that every taxpayer know will actually shape the lives these students will live. Because my stories are shared on the ... (click for more)