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Women religious with the Diocese of Knoxville take part in the annual March for Life on Jan. 25. Photo by Bill Brewer

Women religious with the Diocese of Knoxville take part in the annual March for Life on Jan. 25.
Photo by Bill Brewer

Knoxville-area pro-life supporters who have spent years walking down Kingston Pike from Calvary Baptist Church to a now-closed abortion clinic on Concord Street received new marching orders Jan. 25.

Nearly 400 people accepted an invitation from the Knoxville chapter of Tennessee Right to Life to march from the Tennessee Amphitheater in World’s Fair Park through Fort Sanders and past the only facility in Knoxville that performs surgical abortions, the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health.

The annual March for Life commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Roe vs. Wade case that legalized abortion for every woman and girl during all nine months of a pregnancy.

Before marching from World’s Fair Park and down Clinch Avenue to 16th Street in the Fort Sanders community, the pro-life congregation heard remarks from Pastor Dan Riley of Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Rocky Ramsey of Corryton Baptist Church, Stacy Dunn of Tennessee Right to Life, and Father John Dowling, pastor of Holy Ghost Church.

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Capt. Jeff Stiles

Capt. Jeff Stiles

The Knoxville Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive for Immaculate Conception parishioner Jeff Stiles, who is a captain with the KPD and is battling cancer.

Capt. Stiles, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May and continues his courageous fight to beat the disease, currently is undergoing daily treatment in Nashville.

A special blood drive conducted by the Medic Regional Blood Center has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, to help Capt. Stiles with his continued treatments. The blood drive will be held in the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Ballroom from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Free parking will be provided. All blood types are needed.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said blood donors who can’t make the Jan. 29 drive are urged to give blood anytime at the Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville at 1601 Ailor Ave. or the Medic center in Farragut at 11000 Kingston Pike, Suite 9.

Capt. Stiles and his brother, Lt. Doug Stiles, a parishioner at Holy Ghost, are longtime officers with the Knoxville Police Department who have worked closely with the Diocese of Knoxville on security matters.

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