Vigil to protest Roe v. Wade anniversary

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 22, 2008

NATCHEZ — Tuesday marks the 35th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

For Pro-Life Natchez-Adams County co-chairman Virginia O’Beirne that’s 35 years too long.

So in an effort to raise awareness and rally pro-life supporters O’Beirne and local church leaders will host a candlelight vigil atop the bluff on Tuesday evening.

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O’Beirne said the entire community is invited to attend.

“This is a call to action,” she said. “Four thousand abortions per day is just horrifying.”

O’Beirne said in the 35 years since Roe v. Wade became law over 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States.

Many people are simply unaware of the amount of abortions that take place on a daily basis O’Beirne said.

O’Beirne said statistics indicate there is one abortion every 24 seconds.

“It’s simply staggering,” she said. “We really hope we can raise people’s awareness.”

For many an ideal world would be one without the option of abortion.

But for now O’Beirne is focusing on bringing others to action.

“We need to write our legislators,” she said. “We have to tell them that this is not alright with us.”

And O’Beirne is not alone on her mission.

O’Beirne and her friend Ruth Powers started Pro-Life Natchez-Adams County a few years ago when the duo realized there were no similar advocacy groups in the area.

“We really wanted to be able to do something,” she said.

While this year will be just the second such event for the group O’Beirne is confident the evening will be a success.

Starting at 5:15 p.m. there will be a prayer service, a performance by a local children’s choir and speeches from local ministers.

Pastor of the Cliff Temple Baptist Church Russell Wagoner said the event is a valuable opportunity for people to be able to put a voice to their beliefs.

“It allows me to speak-up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” he said.

Wagoner said he does not anticipate any Pro-Choice opposition at the rally.

“If there is we’ll just go with the flow,” he said.

O’Beirne said all attendees should dress warmly and come prepared for adverse weather.

“We’ll be there rain or starlight,” she said.

The vigil will be at the gazebo on the bluff.