Raleigh pro-life pregnancy center to move next to abortion clinic

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According to the News & Observer, which obtained a copy of the Sept. 27 settlement terms, the city of Raleigh will pay Hand of Hope $25,000 after the lawsuit is dismissed. The pregnancy center agreed not to allow protesters on its site, “provided that public prayer does not constitute a protest,” the terms read.

While the agreement will allow Hand of Hope to continue providing free ultrasounds, the terms also require that less than a quarter of the home’s square footage be used for medical activities. Additionally, Hand of Hope will be able to provide a “pre-determined package of medical services” to just one in four people visiting the office, reports The News & Observer.

The center will have to follow state law in administering its ultrasounds and other medical procedures, explain its religious background on its website, and include the phrase “Hand of Hope” on any sign at its new location. according to The News & Observer.

Tonya Baker Nelson, the center’s executive director, said the center’s lawyers have provided hundreds of hours of their time for free, but the center has still significantly reduced the legal fees to be covered.

“We look forward to the earliest possible date for us to occupy our property which we have owned since December 2015 next to one of the busiest private abortion clinics in the Southeast!” Baker wrote in a Facebook announcement Nov. 27.

She said the new facility has a ‘few months’ lead time to open for business and plans to offer free ultrasounds, abortion pill reversal procedures, education classes, mentoring and Bible studies.

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