On a foggy and cold February morning, despite the dreary and frigid weather conditions, more than 1,000 pro-life faithful flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the 29th Annual Rose Day Pro-life Rally.
The fourth floor rotunda of the capitol was full of rose colored masses proclaiming that each life, no matter how young, old, able bodied, or handicapped, is precious in the eyes of Jesus.
The event began at 9:30 a.m., Feb. 6 when pro-life advocates of all ages knocked on the office doors of their legislators at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. These visitors presented roses to encourage pro-life voting during the current session of Congress.
Following rose distribution, Oklahoma evangelicals packed the House of Representatives to capacity, with overflow seating in the Senate across the rotunda.
To begin the rally, pro-life State Senate and House members were called by name and lined the front of the House of Representatives, signifying that they chose to fight for the rights of the Oklahoma unborn. Accompanying some representatives were their own children and grandchildren.
Children were a common sight at the Rose Day Rally. The voices of the “Little Light Choir” from Little Light Christian School filled the House chambers as the choir performed songs like “This Little Light of Mine.” Little Light Christian School is a school that provides a free, private education to children of incarcerated parents.
Those in attendance joined in song, stirring emotional reactions from many in the audience.
One Oklahoman who has spent his lifetime being a voice for the voiceless was honored with the Rose Day “Pro-Life Champion” Award. Tony Lauinger, long-time Rose Day Committee member, was awarded the honor of “Pro-Life Champion” as tears filled his eyes and a look of shock covered his face.
Lieutenant Governor Matt Pennel reassured all within earshot that the state of Oklahoma has a pro-life lieutenant governor, a pro-life governor and pro-life legislators, “Defending life will continue to be a priority in this building,” Pennell said.
He then introduced Gov. Kevin Stitt saying, “[What] I respect more than anything in this man is that he is a great dad.”
Stitt, who earlier that week delivered his state of the state address in the same chambers, said, “Monday I talked about our state being top 10 as one of my goals. Pro-life is an issue that we want to be number one in.”
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Source: Baptist Press