A whole new type of border town battle

A whole new type of border town battle

This pro-life sign was displayed outside Bristol Women's Health Clinic recently in Bristol, Va. Residents in southwestern Virginia have battled for months over whether abortion clinics limited by strict laws in other states should be allowed to hop over the border and operate there. (AP Photo/Earl Neikirk)

A whole new type of border town battle

The abortion industry is intent on providing its services for women and girls living in pro-life states – but advocates for life are saying cities don't have to accept that.

For example, when Tennessee passed strict pro-life laws, an abortion clinic in Bristol, Tennessee, closed down – but then set up shop just across the border in Bristol, Virginia, even though many in the town are against it. Similar incidents are happening in several states. But Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells AFN pushback is growing.

Scheidler, Eric (Pro-Life Action League) Scheidler

"Pro-life citizens are speaking out, and there are going to be court battles over this," he reports. "There are going to be battles in city council meetings and county board meetings about this – and it's a really great opportunity for us to bring that pro-life mission right into our local towns."

Mark Lee Dickson, founder of Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn, tells AFN the cities need to fight back and not just "roll over" and allow the killing to continue.

Dickson, Mark Lee (Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn) Dickson

"We need to be smart about this when we do our part to make sure that there's something on the books in these communities that keeps abortion out," Dickson urges, "and if there's an abortion facility there that shuts it down."

Dickson's organization so far has helped 65 cities and two counties pass ordinances to make sure that abortion clinics are not allowed access to their turf – and he's willing to help any government entity faced with the situation to do the same.