Pro-Life supporters gather after concerns over Planned Parenthood

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Inside Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Wednesday night is a group of around 80 people.

They’re here for a Right to Life event.

“We’re here because Chattanooga is pro-life and we do not want Planned Parenthood coming to Chattanooga,” Basilica’s Pro-Life Ministry Director Deirdre Cooper said.

This comes after Planned Parenthood posted two job openings in Chattanooga.

“We don’t need them here to do community education or health education. Chattanooga has federally qualified health centers. They have pregnancy resource centers. They have plenty of locations available to low income women. We don’t need Planned Parenthood,” Cooper said.

According to Planned Parenthood, they have no plans to open a clinic in Chattanooga, at this point, but they do have two openings for jobs dedicated to Chattanooga.

“We are simply meeting the need that our supporters have brought to us,” Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi Director of Communications Savannah Bearden said.

One job is for a community organizer.

“This community organizer will be there to educate community members on policies that affect serious issues like reproductive healthcare access and teach them how to share their voices on the local and statewide level,” Bearden said.

The other position is Health Educator.

“They are there simply to do trainings for both adults, parents, professionals, high school and college aged kids so that the youth can become peer educators since our statewide polices in Tennessee are such that a lot of sex ed, comprehensive sex education does not happen in our schools,” Bearden said.

The anti-abortion group is planning its next move.

They’ve already started a petition against Planned Parenthood.

Categories: Chattanooga, Featured, Local News