“The most dangerous place today is in the mother’s womb,” Lincolnton resident George LaFave told the Times-News Tuesday night at an anti-abortion candlelight prayer service at the Lincoln County courthouse.
“They (unborn babies) are casualties of war, too.”
Paula McSwain, former assistant director of Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lincoln County, said she was inspired to co-sponsor the event with the local nonprofit group and her church, Daystar Family Worship Center in Lincolnton, after reading this past fall about a similar service New Hope Pregnancy Care in Yadkinville was also set to hold this month.
The prayer service recognized the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. More than a hundred community members participated despite extremely cold temperatures Tuesday night.
While McSwain believes killing an unborn baby is immoral, she also noted that abortion has resulted in the nation’s loss of more than 50 million contributing citizens and taxpayers.
“We need to reconsider our birth control options,” she said. “It just makes sense to be pure and abstinent.”
George’s wife Sylvia also attended the prayer service with a homemade sign and banner, one of which said, “Jesus, I trust in You.” The couple holds the same signs outside an abortion clinic in Charlotte once a month with Father Buettner and a group of nearly 20 people from St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton.
“When women see us praying (at the clinic), I believe they feel like they’re spiritually being helped,” Sylvia said.
The LaFaves also plan to attend the annual March for Life rally Friday in Washington, D.C.
Robin Nantz of Lincolnton also braved the frigid temperatures Wednesday night to “support the unborn,” she told the Times-News.
“I think it’s a hot topic, and Christians need to stand up for (the unborn),” she said.
Alexis resident Eddie McClain agreed with Nantz.
“Abortion is a terrible thing,” he said. “It’s sad we allow this to happen to the most helpless victims.”
According to Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Executive Director Tracy Pyant, 90 Lincoln County women had abortions in 2010 compared to 79 in 2012.
Daystar Family Worship Center’s Pastor Joey Williams, who along with several other area pastors offered prayers during the candlelight service, referenced the local abortion statistics when addressing the event crowd.
“You’re talking about five to six classrooms (of children each year),” he said.
A white cross for each of the unborn babies aborted in the county in 2012 fill the pregnancy center’s front lawn.
The Crisis Pregnancy Center offers women free pregnancy testing along with maternity and baby clothes and also enrolls them in their “Earn While You Learn” program, a hand-up program that rewards points in exchange for maintaining a checking account, participation in the center’s parenting classes as well as local church services and Bible studies. The nonprofit organization also assists all children up through age two.
While the center prides itself on being able to provide many needs to hurting women, workers’ primary goal is more of a spiritual nature.
“Our number one concern is to lead people to Jesus Christ,” Pyant said.
Several other churches with the South Fork Baptist Association flocked to the prayer service including Middle Cross Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church and Massapoag Baptist Church.
For more information on the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lincoln County, located on Clark’s Creek Road in Lincolnton, or to donate baby or maternity items to the facility, call (704) 732-3384 or visit lincolncpc.com.
The facility is open to clients 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and also by appointment.
Zaxby’s restaurant in Lincolnton also plans to donate 10 percent of all sales between 5 and 9 p.m. today to the Crisis Pregnancy Center.