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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Next week marks the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion in the United States.
Since that decision over 50 million babies have been legally aborted nationwide. The topic of abortion remains a hot issue throughout the country.
The Kentucky Right to Life Association, based in Louisville, is a volunteer, non-profit, pro-life organization with 15 chapters statewide. KRLA hopes to start a new chapter in Bullitt County.
KRLA Affiliate Development Director Angela Davis said recent abortion statistics show Bullitt County as one of the state’s leading target areas without a current chapter.
“There’s a need in Bullitt County to educate the community on right-to-life issues such as abortion, infanticide and euthanasia,” Davis said. She added that numbers were collected from Louisville-area abortion clinics and crisis centers.
KRLA will host an inaugural Bullitt County chapter meeting Thursday, Jan. 15, at Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville. Davis said the first local meeting would allow an opportunity to meet with local pro-life citizens, addressing local needs, fundraising ideas and potential locations for group speakers. The Roe v. Wade anniversary would also be discussed.
“Our members speak at local churches and schools,” said Davis. “We’ll discuss raising money for billboard (advertisement) and meet with local speakers.”
Davis said monthly meetings would be planned to discuss further educational strategies. The next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 10, will include guest speaker Mary Mohler, wife of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
The monthly KRLA meetings allow the local affiliate opportunities to keep up with local abortion issues and schedule future activities and events.
“All are welcome (to the meetings),” said Davis. “That includes all religious, social and ethnic backgrounds.”
Davis said the group is looking for volunteers that can help with various skills such as writing, speaking, organizational, fundraising or leadership skills, as well as event planners.
The initial KRLA meeting at Ridgway Library begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5, with pizza and dessert provided. Reservations are encouraged by contacting the Kentucky Right to Life Association, (502) 895-5959, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Kentucky Right to Life Association visit www.krla.org.