Nearly 50 attend Life Defenders

By Samantha Tucker samantha@prairiepress.net
Posted 10/12/20

Nearly 50 people from clergy to students attended the Life Defenders workshop at the Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event, hosted by Right to Life in Edgar County, brought in …

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Nearly 50 people from clergy to students attended the Life Defenders workshop at the Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event, hosted by Right to Life in Edgar County, brought in pro-life activist Mike Spencer to discuss the science and philosophy of the elective abortion debate while teaching attendees how to discuss an emotionally charged issue graciously and compellingly.

The workshop attracted clergy, parents and students from La Sallette Academy in Georgetown. Altogether there were 46 audience members plus a waiting list of eight. Everyone remained socially distanced and masked during the lecture.

Organizer Sue Sheeran opened the event by recognizing Right to Life volunteers, particularly Rose Marie Ketner and the recently-deceased Evelyn Ring. Pastor Jamie Kent of First Christian Church of Paris led a word of prayer before Spencer took the stage.

Spencer, who was formerly pro-choice, explained that seeing firsthand the aftermath of abortions changed his stance. Counselling women and men who regretted either choosing or facilitating abortions further convinced him the practice was harmful to everyone, not just the unborn.

“I never thought abortion was good, I always thought it was bad – but like many Americans, I thought it was a necessary evil,” Spencer said.

Spencer said the huge burden he felt to speak out for women and preborn children led him to found Project LifeVoice, which according to the website is a gospel-driven human rights organization. The Life Defenders workshop is a traveling LifeVoice class covering topics like human embryology, morality, theology and apologetics.

“Our goal is really simple, we want to bring others to save lives,” Spencer explained.

This hope was echoed by Choices Pregnancy Center volunteer Mary Taylor. “I want people to…gracefully be able to say that yes, everyone is made in the image of God, and because we’re made in God’s image, we deserve to have the opportunity to be born and live.”

Sheeran agreed, “My hope is that it awakens in each of us an appreciation for that God-given dignity found in all of life, but especially the unborn. We forget about them.” She added acknowledging the divine value of other people is especially important in these divisive times.

Sheeran, Taylor and Spencer already want Life Defenders to return to Paris next year with expanded lectures, and hopefully without the attendance restrictions of COVID-19.

“We want to have Mike come back next year and his ministry partner, Pat [Patrick] Schwenk,” said Taylor.

More information about Spencer’s ministry can be found at www.projectlifevoice.com.