GREENSBURG – Roughly 90 people gathered on the steps of the Decatur County Courthouse Wednesday to honor and remember all the unborn lives lost to abortion.
The candlelight ceremony was originally scheduled for Jan. 22, to correspond with the landmark Roe vs Wade court decision, but extreme cold necessitated a change of date. The weather was still chilly, but that didn’t stop pro-lifers from gathering to cry out against the Supreme Court decision that has caused friction between Americans for decades.
“The turnout was pretty good, though it wasn’t a record. We had to change the date and that may have kept some people form coming,” said Bob Rust, president of Decatur County Right to Life.
Those in attendance left no doubt about their feelings on the issue, openly calling for an end to abortion. After the initial opening prayer and welcome, Lisa Tressler welcomed everyone and introduced Rebecca Harpring, an abortion clinic sidewalk councilor who gave the keynote address.
Harpring spoke about the need to help mothers struggling with thoughts of abortion, as well as the need to save the unborn. “Sometimes we get so intent on saving the babies that we forget about helping the mothers. I realized I could not go into the room only trying to save the baby and, in the process, ignore or forget the needs and feelings of the mother,” Harpring said. “Only the mother can save the child. I need to assist her in order for her to be able to do that.”
Though many who help at abortion clinics and pregnancy care centers may feel they don’t make much of an impact, Harpring insists that is far from the truth. “Even though the person may leave without any indication of changing, through you, God fans a little flame you started,” she said.