State Sen. Delbert Scott, of Lowry City, said the past three years have been good to the anti-abortion movement in Missouri.
Scott, whose 28th District includes Pettis County, spoke at an anti-abortion event sponsored by the Sedalia Chapter of Missouri Right to Life at the Pettis County Courthouse on Tueday about recently enacted laws.
He said a law requiring abortion providers to have privileges at a local hospital helped shut down an abortion clinic in Springfield.
“These are just steps in the process, but they are vital,” he said.
Scott also told the story of a cousin who was killed in a car accident as a teenager, the same year she gave her daughter up for adoption. He saw a set of twins, her grandchildren, at a family event last year.
“There are things in life that are accidents. There are things in life that are happenstance. But I believe there is also providence,” he said.
About 120 people attended the annual event, called “Stand Up and Be Counted,” which marked the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized abortion.
Many attendees were students from Sacred Heart School. Eighth-grader Corrine Yap said students in the seventh and eighth grades were given the option to attend.
“I decided since this is an important cause, I should come,” said the 13-year-old.
“Abortion is basically, you take away a human life, and we should keep fighting against that,” she said.
Eighth-grader Connor Simon said the issue is discussed frequently at the school, and students have learned about the Roe vs. Wade decision.
Abortion rates are “definitely going down ... I think eventually we’ll get it beat,” he said.
Jamie Harris, who sang at the event, said this was the first time she attended the event. She brought her daughter, 7-month-old Sarah, to the courthouse.
“Having a baby really brought out the desire to be part of the pro-life movement,” she said, especially when she saw a sonogram and heard the baby’s heartbeat.
After the observance, 11 attendees brought 35 roses, one for each year since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, to a memorial stone at Calvary Cemetery.