In a joint effort by Catholic, Protestant and secular organizations, the property that once saw the lives of 50,000 unborn children snuffed out by abortion will now see a memorial to those killed raised on the same spot.
As reported by the pro-life Live Action News website, the plot of real estate in downtown Toledo, Ohio that was the former home of the Center for Choice abortion facility is slowly being transformed into Hope Park, “a place where families will be able to come and find healing and restoration from the effects of abortion.”
Open for business from 1983 to 2013, the Center for Choice was finally shut down for breaking state abortion safety laws. But not until 50,000 children were either hacked, ripped or chemically burned to death.
The facility closed after failing to secure a required transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of a medical emergency. The lawbreaking had been going on for some time, as the facility had not had such an agreement since 2010. Additionally, state health inspectors found dirty equipment, leading to a recommended closure and $25,000 fine.
When the facility closed in 2013, Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said that it was “yet another case of the abortion industry disregarding women’s health and well-being. Center for Choice lied to the Department of Health in order to cover-up the fact that they were breaking Ohio law,” he said. “The abortion industry strives to paint a rosy picture of women’s healthcare, but the reality is that the abortion industry acts with callous disregard for women and of course their unborn babies.”
With the shuttering of the abortuary, it was then that a partnership between Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, Bowling Green Pregnancy Center, Foundation for Life, The Pregnancy Center, Heartbeat of Toledo, and Greater Toledo House of Prayer formed to create the Hope Park memorial.
The memorial’s mission reads:
To build a memorial park as a beautiful tribute to acknowledge that over 50,000 lives were lost to the choice of abortion. It is through the rebuilding of this site which was once known for death of life, can now be recognized as a place that values life, that lives to mothers and fathers of these unborn babies can be healed, restored, and given peace. More importantly, Hope Park, will be a place that affirms the value, dignity, and beauty of every human life as precious and valuable.