Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) is running for Governor of the state this year.
He spoke at a Tea Party convention in Gatlinburg recently and explained why his hometown city of Chattanooga has a booming economy:
“Let me tell you one of the reasons why Chattanooga is a very blessed city today, why we have so much new economic development and why we’re really an anointed city… There are no abortion clinics in Chattanooga. We made a decision. We made a decision a long time ago that we were going to work as a community to not allow abortion clinics in our city, and I got to tell you we’re trying to be after God’s own heart. I mean it’s hard to say that. Lincoln said, we don’t claim to have God on our side but we strive to be on his. And that’s the deal here. People who seek righteousness and the right thing are blessed and anointed. Our city is blessed. Our state will be blessed as we remove this scourge and plague of killing innocent children in the womb.”
Right. That’s all it takes.
If only we stopped abortions, everyone would have jobs, and the stock prices would go up, and the oil spill would be cleaned, and the angels would sing.
But you can’t just bar abortion clinics. That would be illegal. So how are there no clinics in Chattanooga?
We phoned [Planned Parenthood’s Jeff] Teague and read Wamp’s remarks to him. Indeed, Teague says, there are no abortion clinics in Chattanooga. We asked how Chattanooga legally could bar them from the city. “Oh, they can’t,” Teague says. When Wamp says the city decided not to allow clinics, he probably means Chattanooga’s abortion opponents vowed to intimidate any physician who tried to open one.
“He’s probably talking about the usual intimidation and terrorist tactics” employed by abortion foes all over the country, Teague says.
Fear and threats against doctors providing abortion services. That’s what Wamp thinks more cities need if they want to improve.
Hmm… Washington D.C. has plenty of abortion providers and BusinessWeek named it one of “The Best Cities for Riding Out a Recession.” In fact, a number of cities on the list have several abortion clinics.
What say you, Wamp?
(Thanks to Stephen for the link)