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CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — Some Cleveland residents against abortion are coming together this weekend to celebrate life.

A local pregnancy center is holding a special service on the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the U.S.

For Yaunna Higgins, this Celebration of Life service is personal.

“We had a crisis in our family with one of our granddaughters, and the doctors had advised abortion, and we walked an incredible walk together, chose life for the baby,” Higgins said. “The baby had massive disabilities, but what we saw in the process of that is we wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

The New Hope Pregnancy Care Center is holding this annual event on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“In the 44 years that it’s been legalized, more than 59.5 million lives have been lost in abortion clinics, and that can seem overwhelming, and it seems so big like what can one person do? But for every life that we have the opportunity to touch and to change and maybe save, it’s everything for them,” said Tracie Shellhouse, the CEO of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center.

Shellhouse says they’re using this service to not just remember the lives lost, but to help those who need care and regret their decision.

“It’s not political,” she said. “We aren’t pushing any agenda. We are just simply here to say that we care about those that are facing unplanned pregnancy. We care about those who are suffering because of a past abortion decision, and we are here to meet the needs of our community.”

Higgins says she’s glad residents here have resources available when facing tough choices.

“We’re just grateful that we live in an area that is supportive of this, and we feel like it’s growing in our area, the awareness, and just the options that we have to stand for life together. It makes a difference,” Higgins said.

 

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