City considering changes at abortion clinic targeted by protests

- An abortion clinic in the Grier Heights neighborhood took center stage at Charlotte City Council Monday night. Hundreds from both sides showed up, over potential no parking signs.

Protests at this abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive have been happening for years. City leaders are considering installing no parking signs outside the clinic after continued complaints.

Pro-life supporters started and ended Monday’s Charlotte City Council meeting with a prayer.

There was nothing on the agenda suggesting changes on Latrobe Drive, but that didn’t stop those from both sides of the issue from speaking.

“Come to Latrobe Drive, particularly on a Saturday and see what it’s like. Drive down the street and imagine you are trying to get to a doctor’s appointment and the circus you have to go through,” said an employee at the clinic.

But those who protest outside offered a different version of the events taking place.

 “We are never hostile down there. We are just walking in love, praying, worshipping, doing those things within the confines of the law that are ok to do,” said Dr. Gabriel Rogers, Pastor at the Kingdom Christian Chruch.

Employees at the clinic say at times hundreds of people may be on the sidewalk outside. The City of Charlotte has received several complaints, mostly about safety.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts says a committee will consider in October if changes need to be made, including installing no parking signs in front of the clinic.

“I am not asking you to infringe on anyone’s free speech, but I am asking you to make some decision about the safety of women in this city,” said one employee.

“We go down to pray and to walk and to put life mobiles so moms can hear the heartbeat of their babies so these no parking signs most certainly interrupt that flow,” said Dr. Rogers.

Those on both sides of the issue say they will return to Charlotte City Council in October if the issue is raised again.

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