History of the QC War on Abortion
January 1995 – Planned Parenthood announces its intention to open a clinic in the Quad Cities.
April 1995 – “Life & Family” asks the Davenport City Council to restrict abortion providers.
October 1996 – Planned Parenthood’s Education and Resource Center opens in Bettendorf.
November 1996 – Planned Parenthood reveals plans to build a clinic in Bettendorf to pro vide abortions.
Planned Parenthood files a lawsuit against the City of Bettendorf, asking that the proposed 90-day n moratorium against them be struck down.
December 1996 – Federal District Judge rules for Planned Parenthood and strikes down the moratorium.
March 1997 – “Life and Family” organizes prayer vigil next to the proposed abortion clinic site. More than 2,000 pro-life supporters attend.
Bettendorf city council denies a site plan application and Planned Parenthood files a federal lawsuit.
August 1997 - “Life & Family” raises $25,000 at Praise for Life concert, which attracts over 6,000.
February 1998 – Federal Judge rules against Bettendorf’s opposition to the clinic site, calling the city’s tactics unconstitutional and Planned Parenthood proceeds with their building.
“Life & Family” embarks on a letter-writing campaign to discourage area contractors from bidding on the clinic’s construction job.
September 1998 – Planned Parenthood purchases its first construction permit and has its plan approved.
Over 8,000 attend Praise for Life II concert.
November 1999 – “Life & Family” purchases property on Happy Joe Drive through anonymous gifts and initiates feasibility study to assess community support to build the Women’s Choice Center.
June 2000 – “Life & Family” initiates $1.1 million capital campaign to build.
September 2000 – First abortion performed at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Bettendorf.
April 2001 – Opened temporary office at 2711 Happy Joe Drive.
July 2002 – Building opens for business. First abortion vulnerable woman visits center.
January 2003 – First baby delivered that was saved at the WCC building. First Teen Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the Jan. 22nd anniversary of Roe v Wade.
February 2003 – 100 patients charted at WCC. Board passed a motion to retain the upper level for use by the Women’s Choice Center.
March 2003 – 700 Club airs piece on Women’s Choice Center, 10,000 calls received at 700 Club.
Spring 2003 – Blankets’ n Booties initiated to help with the bonding process.
April 2003 – Dr. Byron Calhoun conducts in-service for volunteers in perinatal hospice program.
July 2003 – 200 patients charted.
October 2003 – First perinatal hospice baby is born.
November 2003 – 300 patients charted. Plans are formulated to begin finishing off the upstairs rooms, paid for by an anonymous donation.
February 2004 –400 patients charted.
May 2004 – 500 patients charted.
July 2004 – celebrated 2nd anniversary and dedicated memorial wall to the unborn. Lynn left position as executive director to move with family to Peoria.
September 2004 – Janine Parr hired as Executive Director, Ann Fennell hired as Nurse Manager.
July 2006 – Stacey Mc Intosh hired as Executive Director
August 2006 – Miki Chu Lam is hired as Clinical Director
June 2008 – Vicki Tyler hired as Executive Director