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The Catholic Globe reported on an interesting competition in Iowa:

Location was a huge factor for Mary’s Choice, a pro-life pregnancy resource center in Sioux City as it is next to Planned Parenthood, because it could be seen by those entering the facility.

According to Sherill Glassmaker, director of Mary’s Choice, when Planned Parenthood erected a tall wooden wall, visibility of the pro-life center was impacted.

“We had a sign on the side of our building and people would pull into Planned Parenthood. A lot of times people would call from the parking lot and they would hop over the wall,” she explained. A shorter concrete wall had originally separated the two centers.

Here is a “before” photo…

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After the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic erected the wall to hide access to the other choice, Sherill told me when we spoke by phone yesterday that they thought to erect a sign, but such a move would be in the distant future, since it was a big expense – $50,000. But, back to The Catholic Globe:

“Then one of the local businessmen contacted me in December of 2013 and on his own, he had ideas and plans made up,” she said. “This had tugged at his heart. Every time he drove by and saw the wall, he felt he had to do something. He felt the Holy Spirit was calling him to spearhead the possibility of putting up a big sign.”

Thanks to that volunteer who did much of the legwork, an electronic sign that emerges above the wall of Planned Parenthood went up at Mary’s Choice in July.

“The sign is as big as it can be because the size is based on how much frontage you have and it is as far to the street as it can get,” said Glassmaker, who said the sign was paid for partially through fund-raising and partially out of the center’s budget. “If they go higher with the fence, the sign is designed that it can go higher. It’s on a telescopic pole.

Until the sign was in place, she acknowledged, she had no idea how beneficial a sign like that would be.

A simple software computer program allows Mary’s Choice to put various messages and images on the sign.

“The visibility is huge,” Glassmaker said, “especially if they are going in on abortion day and they see a sign that says, ‘Choose life’ or ‘Pregnant? We can help.’”

Great story, eh? Thanks to Dawn at Mary’s Choice for sending me photos that all simply make me smile! Here are a couple more:

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Mary's Choice sign over Planned Parenthood abortion clinic wall 2

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