The Women’s Care Center of Sav-A-Life is hosting their annual Sanctity of Human Life worship service Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Ruhama Baptist Church to educate the community on the purpose of human life both physically and spiritually.
“Sav-A-Life is a sponsoring organization,” Katie Gillis, public relations for the service, said. “It’s a nonprofit ministry. Their physical presence is called Women’s Care Center, and that is a crisis pregnancy center and also a clothes closet.”
She said the service is held every year at different churches across the county.
“[Because of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion,] we have services to commemorate or in memory of the some 50 million babies that have lost their lives to abortion, and we also want to bring awareness to those who have had abortions that may be dealing with guilt and depression and different things because of that decision in their lives,” Director of Women’s Care Center Anita Johnson said. “We also want to bring awareness that we do offer classes and offer hope for those that they can have some reconciliation for that decision that they made even many years ago.”
DeKalb County residents, Katie and Jacob Malone, will speak at the event to share their story with the community.
“They’re sharing their story about their daughter, Nora,” Johnson said. “They will be sharing about her journey and how she’s doing and things they have learned along the way and how God has really blessed their lives.”
Johnson said Nora is a 15-month-old toddler born with a genetic condition called trisomy 13.
“Trisomy 13, also called Patau syndrome, is a chromosomal condition,” according to Genetics Home Reference. “Individuals with trisomy 13 often have heart defects, brain or spinal cord abnormalities, very small or poorly developed eyes., extra fingers or toes, an opening in the lip with or without an opening in the roof of the mouth and weak muscle tone.”
Katie, a speech therapist at Go Play Therapy Center in Fort Payne, and Jacob, a pastor at Lathamville Baptist Church and employee at Polymer Industries, will be speaking about the challenges they face raising a child with physical issues and the ways they overcome their obstacles.
According to the press release, there will be an offering to collect donations for the Women’s Care Center.
For more information on the service or the center, contact Women’s Care Center at 256-845-0838 or visit the office at 107 Fourth St. SW. in Fort Payne.
“We are asking all people from the community and churches to join us for the service,” Johnson said.