Life Chain Sends "Respect Life" Message
The court square in Sidney was the site of RTL’s annual Life Chain. Nearly one hundred pro-lifers were on hand for a program that included a speech by Botkins High School senior Nathan Platfoot, the second-place winner in Right to Life's 2015 oratory contest. Platfoot, speaking about his 2 year-old goddaughter who was born prematurely, said: "To think that she could've been legally killed by an abortionist [at 25 weeks gestation] and to have no one with legal responsibility for her death is mind boggling. Thankfully she is alive and well, today...but it got me thinking. I began to do research on abortion." With those words, Platfoot encouraged his listerners to think more deeply about how common abortion is.
Members of the local group Teens For Truth set up 400 luminaries around the court square for the event. They explained to the group that the luminaries were a "reminder of the many lives lost to and wounded by abortion.” Each lantern represented ten babies; the 400 symbolized the 4,000 children lost to abortion each day.
Following the program, attendees held signs along the streets of the court square. The purpose of the event, emcee Anne Schmiesing of Right to Life explained, "is to pray and witness for our society to respect unborn children and their parents, as well as those threatened by assisted suicide and other violations of human life and dignity." The event concluded with a closing prayer by Rev. Dan Hunt of the Petersburg area Catholic parishes.
RTL Float Visits Area Parades
Football was the theme of the 2015 Right to Life float. The float, which appeared at the Versailles Poultry Days, Botkins Carousel, and Anna Homecoming, emphasized the need to respect life at all its stages with its slogan, "Prolife from Kickoff until the Final Touchdown."
A big thank you to Brenda Bensman for organizing the float this year, and to all those who assisted in any way.