Former Planned Parenthood volunteer to speak at Rose Day
Sanctity of human life will again be at the forefront as pro-life supporters from across the state gather for the 18th annual Rose Day activities at the State Capitol Feb. 4.
Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn.
Participants will present roses to their legislators beginning at 10:30 a.m. and then meet in the House Chamber for the Rose Day Rally at 11:45. Attendees are encouraged also to give roses to Gov. Brad Henry and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, as well as their senator and representative.
Featured speaker for the rally will be Jane Brennan, a former militant, anti-Catholic feminist, N.O.W. member and Planned Parenthood volunteer, who now speaks about the hurt and shame of abortion. A post-abortive woman herself, Brennan shares her story of healing and hope after abortion and her conversion when she attended Mass during her search for faith, in her book, Motherhood Interrupted: Stories of Healing and Hope After Abortion.
Brennan has devoted her private counseling practice to offering post-abortive women a safe place to reconcile unresolved grief and loss, and is committed to providing women hope and help for the journey.
“Though abortion is a choice women are free to make, the emotional and spiritual burden after this action is often heavier to bear,” said Brennan. “Women need support, not abortion.”
Brennan resides in Colorado with her husband, Kyle, and four daughters.
Anthony Sykes, majority whip of the State Senate, said Rose Day is one of his favorite days of the legislative session.
“Every year, it is my pleasure to welcome advocates for the unborn to the State Capitol,” Sykes said. “Seeing their faces reminds me that I am not alone in this cause. Rose day is an incredible opportunity to show support for the pro-life cause. I look forward to seeing a great crowd on Feb 4.”
Last year, a record 2,000 people crowded into the House Chamber and legislators’ offices for the special event for life.
The Rose Day Rally was recently moved from the Capitol Rotunda to the House Chamber to allow more legislators to hear the message of the Rose Day speaker. Although seating is limited for participants in the Chamber, the program is broadcast to all House members’ offices. When the House Chamber is full, participants are encouraged to go to their legislators’ offices to listen to the program with their legislator and their assistants.
Participants are encouraged to thank their pro-life legislators for protecting the lives of the unborn and ask those who are not pro-life to support pro-life issues.
District maps and listings are posted near the registration tables if participants don’t know who their legislators are. In addition, room numbers for the legislators are available at the registration tables.
For many years, pro-life Oklahomans gathered on the steps of the State Capitol on Sundays for Sanctity of Life rallies. Though the rallies attracted attention from the public and news media, it seemed they never impacted legislation. Therefore, the Christian Life Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma asked pro-life Oklahomans to move from the steps of the Capitol into its halls.
Rose Day was established in 1992 to give participants an opportunity to impact legislation by individually visiting their senator, representative and the governor in their respective offices, presenting them with a rose and encouraging them to protect the life of the unborn. Each year since, hundreds of pro-life Oklahomans have crowded the halls of the State Capitol in an effort to make their voice heard.
In 1997, the Christian Life Committee decided to broaden Rose Day participation beyond Baptist ranks. They formed a Rose Day Steering Committee with representatives from major Christian denominations, local Christian media and other groups for life. Since then, Rose Day has become a multidenominational event with Catholics, Assemblies of God, Nazarenes, Churches of Christ, Free Will Baptists and Southern Baptists joining together to plan and implement each year’s Rose Day event.