ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Republican Forum has been invited to participate in pro-life events, Jan. 22, marking the anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the U.S. with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.
On Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, a vigil will be held on the sidewalk outside of the St. George Planned Parenthood Office, at 600 S. Bluff Street in St. George. Participants may bring their own sign or use a sign provided by the organizers.
That evening there will be a special fundraising concert by Irish singer, David Parkes, at Kuzy Hall, next to the Catholic Church in St. George. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and close promptly at 7 p.m. for the concert. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged, as all proceeds will be used to purchase a sonogram machine that will be used to help crisis pregnancy mothers with their pregnancies. Seating is limited and attendance is subject to availability.
About David Parkes
Several years ago, David Parkes was a man with everything to live for – a young family, star professional footballer, and standing on the brink of a promising pop music career. But he was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s disease and he was staring death in the face. After 10 major operations, he was informed by his medical team that there was nothing more they could do for him.
David faced not only a hopeless future, but severe financial problems as well. According to his publicity bio, after a fundraising event run by his friends, an invitation was issued to David and his wife Anne to travel to Medjugorje, a tiny village in the mountains of the former Yugoslavia where they had spent their honeymoon. Medjugorje had become a pilgrimage destination for many since 1981, when two young Croatian girls, and others after them, saw apparitions of a “Lady on the hill,” apprehended by Catholics as the Holy Mother of God, bringing daily messages of peace and healing, both spiritual and physical.
It was thought this would be David’s last trip before the disease, and death, overtook him. While there, David received a miraculous healing and then decided to dedicate his life witnessing to the great healing power of God.
Rita Silvestri, a resident of St. George and member of the St. George Catholic Church, came to know Parkes, she said, during one of her many visits to Medjugorje. Impressed with his singing and testimony, Silvestri wrote of him in her book, “The World Needs Medjugorje,” published in 2012. She reached out to him and asked him to come to St. George to give the benefit concert. He agreed, she said, on the condition that every penny earned from the concert go to pro-life causes. Silvestri will also offer her book for sale at the concert, with all gross sales proceeds also going to national and international pro-life organizations.
Roe v. Wade
In 1973, the Supreme Court issued its 7-2 decision in Roe v. Wade, finding a state law that banned abortions, except to save the life of the mother, was unconstitutional. Among other things, the court held that the state statute violated the woman’s right to privacy – at least during the first trimester of pregnancy. It further held the states have an interest and could regulate aspects of abortions during the second trimester for the protection of the mother’s health; and, in the third trimester, upon “viability” of the fetus, it could regulate or deny abortion except in cases where the mother’s health was at risk.
The law established by Roe v. Wade has been expanded and tested and is far from settled in the minds of its opponents. Today, the decision remains the subject of strident debate from advocates on both sides of the abortion issue and those in the nation’s legal community where some maintain the decision was activist and historically unfounded – or, as dissenting Justice Byron White described it, “an exercise of raw judicial power.”
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
Event details and ticket information
- Pro-life events on Jan. 22:
- 10 a.m. to noon | Vigil held on the sidewalk of the St. George Planned Parenthood Office, at 600 S. Bluff Street in St. George
- 7 p.m. | David Parkes Concert at Kuzy Hall, next to the Catholic Church in St. George
- For free David Parkes concert tickets, call Rita Silvestri at 652-2048, 668-5022, or 632-6771.
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