Jay Rogers
Jay Rogers

Recent Posts

The Forerunner

Matter of choice

By Editorial Staff
Published March 13, 1999

Pregnancy counseling center will neighbor abortion clinic

By Bridget Hall, Staff Writer, Ocala Star-Banner

OCALA — Lori Chamblin says she supports choice. That is why she and her husband are building a pregnancy counseling center just north of the Ocala Women’s Center abortion clinic.

“We just want to give women all the information so they can make that choice,” Chamblin said. “We’re not here to coerce or judge but to giveinformation so they know all of the options that are available.”

Chamblin, director of the Alpha Women’s Center that will open in the next month or two, said many women in crisis pregnancies don’t know there are places they can get clothes for themselves and the baby, baby furniture, and help with housing, medical and financial needs.

The location next to Dr. James Pendergraft’s clinic is key, Chamblin said, because pregnant women are not getting that information there.

“When women are presented with information about only one option, they may feel that’s their only choice,” she said.

Pendergraft, who filed a lawsuit last December against the anti-abortion protesters who picket his practice and against local law enforcement for not providing off-duty officers, is suspicious of his new neighbor.

“He doubts that they are purely there for counseling purposes,” his spokeswoman Marti Mackenzie said. “He feels this may be a terrorist approach to surveillance, and he will continue to aggressively protect his property and his people.”

In his lawsuit, Pendergraft charges that protesters have harassed patients and staff and used video cameras to record who comes and goes. He is asking the court to keep protesters at least 75 feet from his property line, limit protests to five people for only one hour twice a week, and prevent protesters from using words like “butcher” or “baby killer.”

The Rev. Ed Martin, a defendant in the lawsuit and leader of the abortion protesters, said he has not seen anyone harass clinic staff and patients. He also said he has nothing to do with the Alpha Women’s Center.

“They’re doing their thing and we’re doing ours,” Martin said. “We’re friends, but (nothing) beyond that.”

Chamblin also said she is not affiliated with the anti-abortion protesters and that Pendergraft has nothing to fear from the counseling center.

“We are not into surveillance, we are here to provide services,” she said. “We’re not here to run Dr. Pendergraft out of town. He has a legitimate business that is legal and allowed in our community. Just as he’s providing services to women, we’re providing services to women also.”

Pendergraft’s clinic opened last July. When the vacant lot to the north became available weeks later, Chamblin, then director of the Women’s Pregnancy Center on E. Silver Springs Boulevard, encouraged the center to look at setting up a satellite office or moving their operations to that site.

“It was pretty much a cash deal, and we didn’t have the money and we didn’t want to go into debt,” said Francis Frick, president of the WPC board. “We weren’t in a position to make an offer on it, and if you don’t have the money to buy, there’s no use in thinking of what you’d do with it.”

But Chamblin said she felt she had to do something with the land, so she tendered her resignation and set out to open her own pregnancy counseling center.

She and her husband Roscoe put the down payment on the $95,000-lot last September and closed the deal several months later. The Chamblins and their friend Charlana Kelly formed Good News for Life, Inc. as the parent non-profit organization that will run the counseling center.

“I felt like this location was probably one of the most important locations in Ocala, considering the issues we’re dealing with,” she said. “It’s very visible, and there’s room to expand.”

The building on the lot now is a refurbished construction office brought from St. Petersburg. It has two counseling rooms, a private office and a waiting area, but is just the temporary facility until a permanent building is put on the front part of the property.

The plans for that building include four counseling rooms, two closets for donated clothes, a conference room and a day-care center for the volunteers’ children. Chamblin said she hopes to start construction on that building as soon as the temporary building opens.

Chamblin said the center has received about $3,000 in cash donations plus volunteer labor to clear the lot, set up the building, build the deck, lay the carpet and put up the window dressings. Much of the labor has been done by Roscoe Chamblin, a construction contractor. The center still needs office equipment and money for brochures before it can open, Lori Chamblin said.

Pendergraft’s attorney, Roy Lucas, said the counseling center is legal and he cannot prevent it from opening. He has concerns, though, because he said some other counseling centers next to abortion clinics have used harassment techniques — including locking women into rooms and forcing them to watch gory videos — to prevent them from having abortions.

But Chamblin said the Alpha Women’s Center has strict policies to make sure women are not forced into anything.

She said counselors cannot close the door without the client’s permission, and the client does not watch a video unless she reads a description of it and signs a form saying she wants to view it. The client must be advised at the beginning that she is free to leave anytime, and the furniture cannot be arranged in a way that obstructs her path to the door.

Those guidelines came from the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a legal resource organization that the Alpha Women’s Center joined for advice on how to operate within the law.

“We will follow those guidelines to the letter,” Chamblin said. “We won’t use emotional manipulation to educate and counsel women.”

Forerunner - Home » Florida's Murder Industry »

Your comments are welcome!

Textile Help

Frank Schaeffer Will You Please Shut Up! (Book)

High Quality Paperback — 200 pages

A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism

Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner

The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.

Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.

Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.

$14.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

The Silent Scream (DVD) Eight Languages

“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981

Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.

The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.

“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine

Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese

Running Time: 28 minutes

$17.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Why Creeds and Confessions? (Book)

High Quality Paperback — 219 pages

Foundations in Biblical Orthodoxy

Driving down a country road sometime, you might see a church with a sign proudly proclaiming: “No book but the Bible — No creed but Christ.” The problem with this statement is that the word creed (from the Latin: credo) simply means “belief.” All Christians have beliefs, regardless of whether they are written.

Yet a single book containing the actual texts of the most important creeds of the early Church will not often be found. Out of the multitude of works on the evangelical Christian book market today, those dealing with the creeds of the Church are scarce.

Why Creeds and Confessions? provides a foundation of biblical orthodoxy as a defense against the false and truly heretical doctrines advanced by the spirit of this age.

$14.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!

Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Amazing GraceAmazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

Download the Free Study Guide!

Just what is Calvinism?

Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?

This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Running Time: 257 minutes

$19.95 — ORDER NOW!

(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)

Click here for more information

Share |

View CCNow Cart/Checkout
View CCNow Cart/Checkout

Subscribe to
The Forerunner

Have The Forerunner Weblog sent straight to your inbox!

Enter your email address:

The Forerunner Channel on YouTube

Promote Your Page Too

Featured Product
If you like the articles on this website, you may also be interested in:

Featured Articles

Live Seminar!

Real Jesus
The Abortion Matrix DVD: Update

The Abortion Matrix:
Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death

is a 195-minute presentation that traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then delves into the social, political and cultural fall-out that this sin against God has produced. You can order this series on DVD, read the complete script and view clips on-line...
continued ...

View My Stats