ATLANTA, Ga. — Near-freezing temperatures failed to dampen the resolve of the estimated 3,000 prolife supporters who gathered at the Georgia State Capital Tuesday to mourn the death of 55 million preborn children on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade.
The 2013 Together for Life event, sponsored by Georgia Right to Life, featured music, prayer, speakers and a silent memorial walk through the streets of Atlanta.
“Georgia continues to demonstrate that an overwhelming majority of our citizens are prolife,” explained GRTL President Dan Becker. “This year’s event was designed to renew our commitment to protect the sanctity of all life—from conception until natural death.”
Former State Representative Doug McKillip urged the crowd to always to remember that whatever the cost–losing a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, standing in the cold or making a contribution–innocent babies are worth the fight.
A former prochoice supporter, McKillip changed his mind and became a strong prolife advocate after coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
His bill, which was scheduled to take effect on January 1, banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the scientifically proven point at which a child can feel and respond to pain.
The event also featured remarks from Sybil Lash and Archbishop Wilton Gregory. Lash, whose book “Supreme Deception” outlines the story of Sandra Cano, the “Doe” in Doe v Bolton, the companion case to Roe v. Wade. The Georgia case effectively legalized abortion on demand.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory has written extensively on church issues, including euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. He was installed as the Archbishop of Atlanta in 2005.
The silent memorial service featured one person representing each of the 40 years since Roe holding signs showing the number of abortions performed nationally each year. The presentation was a dramatic, peaceful reminder of the holocaust that occurs day after day and year after year.