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BETTENDORF — The Women’s Choice Center (WCC), a pregnancy-help medical clinic, is celebrating the hundreds of lives believed to have been saved in the center’s 10 years of service.
To help mark this milestone, one of the biggest names in Christian music is returning to the Quad-Cities for a concert. Kathy Troccoli will perform the free concert Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Adler Theatre in Davenport.
Troccoli’s history with the Women’s Choice Center dates back to her first Praise for Life concert in 1997 to raise money for the future center.
Since her first appearance on behalf of the Women’s Choice Center, Troccoli has returned to mark several key events and toured the clinic when it opened.
This year, Troccoli is celebrating 30 years of music and ministry. She has 22 recordings, 17 number-one radio hits, 19 Dove Award nominations, two Dove Awards, and three Grammy nominations. Troccoli has ministered to millions of women through various national conferences and was selected as one of the “Most Influential Christian Women in America” by Today’s Christian Woman magazine readers.
Troccoli will be joined on stage by a local children’s choir, directed by Sheila Heubach. The performance will introduce a boy named Joshua Taylor who was the first baby saved because of the help of the Women’s Choice Center. Joshua’s mother, Violet Taylor, was violently ill with morning sickness and feeling desperate when she came to the Women’s Choice Center. She was 10 minutes from leaving for an appointment in Iowa City for a second-trimester abortion when Joshua’s father brought her to a building that housed the Women’s Choice Center’s temporary offices at that time.
After seeing Joshua via a limited obstetric ultrasound, Violet had a change of heart that saved Joshua’s life. “I now can’t imagine life without Joshua. Having an unplanned pregnancy is so frightening. But I’m so glad I didn’t follow my first instinct,” said Taylor.
The Women’s Choice Center is a nonprofit ministry that offers free services to women including pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasound and options counseling. Post-abortion counseling is also available to men and women.
In 2011, WCC served 687 clients. Executive Director Vicki Tyler says, “When pregnancy is an unwelcome surprise, many women seek what they think will be a ‘quick fix.’ They usually aren’t considering all of their options, or the consequences. The Women’s Choice Center helps women see past the shock and fear of an unplanned pregnancy and help them make informed decisions they won’t regret.
Tyler believes ultrasound, not widely available at the time of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, has been a key reason why hearts are changing.  “Having a window into the womb to see life at its earliest stages has been a game-changer. There really is no debate anymore about whether abortion takes a human life.”
Tickets will be required for admission to the concert. For more information, visit www.wcc10th.org.

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