Thirty-nine people gathered at Cornerstone Outreach Revival Center in Locust Grove Saturday for a Walk for Life.
The event opposed abortion and sought to raise awareness of the need for a crisis pregnancy center in Mayes County. The walk began a little after 10 a.m. with remarks by Pastor Cydni Tillery of the Locust Grove United Methodist Church.
“We needed to do something here in town to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and to speak out in our community, to lift up the idea of choosing life,” Tillery said. She said the event has special meaning for her because she was adopted. She said she does not know her birth mother but she made, “a special and brave choice” in choosing to have her.
In her remarks Tillery recalled the one year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. She was in a seminary class in Kentucky with her husband. She requested the class pray for the victims of the bombing and everyone effected by the attack. Her professor said the class needed to pray of the people who did the bombing as well.
“I was so offended and so hurt because he had no idea what the people of Oklahoma have been through. And then I was upset because he was right. As Christians, we are called to pray for those who persecute,” Tillery said. She said the church should pray for those who are in the abortion industry and those women who have had abortions.
She led the group in prayer and the walk began.
Locust Grove physicians Mitchell and Lora Collier attended with their two children, one of whom is adopted. The Colliers hope to start a crisis pregnancy center in the area. Dr. Mitchell Collier said that Mayes County has no obstetricians right now. He mentioned the closing of the labor and delivery unit at the Pryor hospital in 2011.
Locust Grove resident Melinda Johnson organized the event. Johnson said she got into the abortion issue by researching it online. She watched the video “Silent Scream” presented by former abortion doctor Bernard Nathanson. “I knew I had to do something instead of just saying, ‘I’m against it.’ I found out about the crisis pregnancy center that they are going to build here and wanted to raise some money for it to let women know they have an alternative to abortion,” Johnson said.
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.