Right to Life rally today

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 12:44 AM

Sevier County Right to Life will stage its eighth annual rally and march today.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a program at Country Tonite, 129 Showplace Blvd. "Our main speaker this year is Dr. Raymond Finney," said Sevier County Right to Life President Ursula Beckmann. Finney, a physician, represented Tennessee's 8th District in the state Senate from 2004 to 2008.

"He has been pro-life for as long as I know," Beckmann said. "He is a very learned man from a legal standpoint and a medical standpoint." Finney helped organize Sevier County Right to Life, Beckman noted.

Also on the program is a play by the youth group of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Dancers from the New Hope Church youth group will perform, and there will be music by a team from Gum Stand Baptist Church. Local composer Patrice Kalinowsky will sing her song "The Answer," accompanied by Pastor David Stakes.

After a closing prayer, participants will march on the Parkway to Red Roof Mall, then back to Country Tonite. "We will have designated vans for people who would like to participate but are not able to walk," Beckmann said.

Sevier County Right to Life was founded nine years ago. "From start to finish, it has been about educating people about abortion, what happens with an abortion," Beckmann said.

The rally and march are held each January. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court announced its Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

"This is a quiet, peaceful protest to that decision," Beckmann said. "We're hoping to pique someone's curiosity, if they don't agree with our point of view – to at least look into it, be better informed."

kburns@themountainpress.com