At the beginning of summer, Oklahoma had two abortion clinics, one in Tulsa and one in Norman. By the end of summer, a third was opened; this one is in south Oklahoma City.
According to a recent article published in The Oklahoman, leaders of the Southwind Women’s Clinic near SW 44th has plans to perform as many as 3,000 abortions per year, which would be in addition to the approximately 5,000 abortions performed in Oklahoma annually. This tragic development means unborn babies and women facing an unexpected pregnancy are even more at risk.
In response to the opening of the abortion clinic, leaders with Hope Pregnancy Ministries are stepping forward with plans and prayer to help.
According to Hope Director Gayla White, staff from the ministry surveyed the routes coming into the new clinic in south OKC as potential advertising locations for Hope’s life-protecting ministry.
“We are doing all that we can to let those who believe abortion is their only option know there are other choices and help is available,” White said. “We know this clinic, and the other two clinics, won’t close by man’s efforts but only by our powerful God’s intervention. We serve a mighty God who is moved by the prayers of His people.”
White believes by obtaining as many advertising locations as possible near the abortion clinics, women and men in desperate circumstances related to a pregnancy will hear that there’s always hope.
A local family purchased a billboard located directly over the clinic in Tulsa for one year and there are opportunities for Oklahoma Baptists to give toward the effort as well.
Also in response to the abortion clinic opening, Oklahoma Baptists are linking arms in prayer. Hope has created a prayer guide that pastors, lay people and churches can download. Visit www.obhc.org/hope to download the prayer guide.
According to reports, in 2014 alone, 27 abortion clinics closed in America. An additional 53 abortion clinics closed in 2015.
“These clinics can close on our watch,” said White.