In recognition of this unfortunate decision, there will be a pro-life prayer service on Sunday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church at 4605 W Ely Road, Hannibal. Prayer is the key to ending abortion.

This Jan. 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, that made it legal to abort unborn children at any stage in the nine months. In recognition of this unfortunate decision, there will be a pro-life prayer service on Sunday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church at 4605 W Ely Road, Hannibal. Prayer is the key to ending abortion. I hope you will come.

Since 1973 as many as 60 million childrens' lives have been lost to this decision. Many women have found that what looked like a quick, easy answer to an unwanted pregnancy has brought them much guilt and untold grief. The “Silent No More” women’s group of abortion survivors are in full force at the Supreme Court steps each year for the March for Life in Washington DC. They talk about the medical and emotional problems they have endured since their abortion. Many have gone for counseling and are now involved in the Right to Life movement. Their bravery amazes me.

Will we ever see a day where Roe V. Wade is overturned? Perhaps. On Dec. 7, the Daily Beast broke the news that the Department of Justice is in the process of investigating Planned Parenthood for their fetal organ harvesting. Congress held numerous hearings about the matter and the DOJ has asked them to turn over documents for their investigation. How can we as a public support Planned Parenthood in the taking of innocent human life and then not be further enraged by the selling of the fetal body parts?

When we are silent on the destruction of life, we’re being negligent, and encouraging young people to believe that this practice is acceptable. Let us remember that the right to life is our first right. As the psalmist said “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 ESV) Please get involved and come to the prayer service on Jan. 21.

— Geri Graves, Hannibal