to a Once-Darkened Venue
On the Mobile, AL, corner
of Sage Avenue and Eslava Street youll
find a three-story building that looks
like many other modern office facilities.
On the first floor, youll find the
home of Claires Hope. It is a place
with a darkened past and a shining future.
Hopes Corner was
once an abortion clinic. Here, frightened,
confused and too-frequently un- and mis-informed
women and parents chose to end the lives
of the unborn. It was a place that, no
doubt, had been criticized, cursed and,
probably on occasion, praised for the
services it performed.
When Tammy and Billy
Cox learned their unborn second child
was afflicted with a rare and un-curable
disease, they were presented options,
which included aborting the pregnancy.
The Coxs faith led them to choosing
another path: giving birth to the child,
a girl they named Claire, and placing
her life and theirs in Gods hands.
Although Claire lived
less than 60 days, about what the doctors
had forecast, her short time made it abundantly
clear to the Coxes that their choice for
life and Claires hope were the right
decisions for them.
During that ensuing year,
the abortion clinic at Sage and Eslava
shut its doors and the Coxes realized
that God was opening a door and, perhaps,
an unprecedented opportunity for them
to make a statement on their experience
and belief, as well as pay tribute to
their daughter Claire. Exactly one year,
to the day, after Claire passed from our
world, the Coxes purchased the building
where so many other lives had been ended.
And one year later, on
November 28, 2008, Claire's Hope was opened
to the public through the building at
Hope's Corner, a memorial, a museum, a
tribute and a place where women, couples
and families affected by crisis pregnancies
can get the information they need to honor
the sanctity of human life.