In an effort to bring pro-life minded people together, a Houston County chapter of Georgia Right to Life has been formed.
The group is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization that brings people together regardless of variants such as politics and faith to work toward one central belief -- that human life is precious and should be protected.
To raise awareness and support for human life from conception to natural death, the group is hosting the Thanks-for-giving Life Benefit Banquet on Nov. 12.
The guest speaker will be Mary Perdue, the former first lady of Georgia.
Christine Braski, one of the event organizers and program chairwoman for the Houston County chapter of Georgia Right to Life, said that the organization used the acronym LIFE -- love, inform, forgive and educate -- to describe its mission.
For Braski, who said that she was brought up pro-life, her faith has taught her that all life is precious.
No matter how or where and when you are conceived, I believe that all conceptions are divinely planned, Braski said.
Braski said that the goal of Georgia Right to Life was not to be preachy but to educate.
To that end, attendees to the banquet will receive A Students Guide to Bioethics, from the Jérôme LeJeune Foundation. In 1958, LeJeune discovered the cause of Down Syndrome. LeJeune was committed through his life to the pro-life cause.
Nancy Kerr, president of the Houston County chapter, said that she believed in the sanctity of life.
I feel that we need to do everything to protect life, Kerr said. This banquet and our organization is for anyone that has a concern for life from conception to natural death.
The organization meets four times a year and is a nondenominational interfaith group.
Braski stressed that the organization was not only interested in preventing abortion but in the quality of life for that child and parents.
There is help out there. You are not in it alone, and your life is not over. It might be different from what you planned, but it is not over, Braski said.
Braski said that she hoped that one day history would look back on abortion with the same attitude as slavery.
I pray that we think the same thing. It was such an atrocity that it is unbelievable that it ever happened, Braski said.
The Thanks-For-Giving Life Benefit Banquet will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellston Center, 155 Maple St., in Warner Robins. The program begins at 6:30 p,m. with dinner served at 6:45 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested and can be made by texting 478-397-5914 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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