February 5, 2020
Oklahoma State Capitol | 11:30am
About Rose Day
Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn. Attendees are encouraged to present roses to their representative, senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.
Rose Day 2019 – Full Video
2020 Keynote Speaker
Former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director | Author | Speaker
Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist. At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place.
Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.
The media continues to be intensely interested in Abby’s story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows. She also the author of the nationally best-selling book and movie adaption, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.
Prior to the Rose Day Rally, pro-life advocates of all ages arrived with bushels of roses as soon as the Capitol doors opened. Rose Day attendees were encouraged to pass out roses to their state legislators to symbolize their stance in the pro-life movement. Beginning in the morning, individuals and families began walking the State Capitol halls, delivering roses and pro-life messages to elected officials at the Capitol. “Christians and other pro-life Oklahomans made a powerful statement by bringing red roses for their elected officials, as a symbol of their belief in the sanctity of human life and pro-life views,” said Brian Hobbs
Rose Day Articles
- King advocates for unborn: Alveda King inspires thousands at 27th Annual Rose Day rallyAlveda King, a woman who has fought for human and civil rights for most of her life, headlined the day that gave a voice to the voiceless—the unborn. Prior to the Rose Day Rally, pro-life advocates of all ages arrived with bushels of roses as soon as the Capitol doors ... read more
- King to speak at Rose Day Feb. 7: Baptists, Catholics unite for pro-life eventThe annual Rose Day Pro-Life Rally, which takes place inside the Oklahoma State Capitol each February, is less than a month away. The 2018 Rose Day, set for Feb. 7, will feature Alveda C. King, author, pro-life activist and niece of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Alveda King ... read more
- Rose-colored masses: Pro-Life faithful flock to 2017 Rose DayJust days before millions of Americans send or receive bouquets of roses for Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma lawmakers received an abundant amount of long-stem red roses. These roses came courtesy of the pro-life faithful who flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the annual Rose Day ... read more
- Churches prepare for Rose Day indoor rally at CapitolOn the heels of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 22), churches across Oklahoma are making plans to attend the 2017 Rose Day Pro-Life Indoor Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The Rose Day event, now in its 26th year, begins at 9:30 a.m. Christians and ... read more
Previous Rose Day Speakers
The Rose Day Pro-Life Rally has featured numerous leaders within the pro-life movement and faith community through the years, including the following:
2018 Alveda C. King, niece of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2017 Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor & former Southern Baptist Convention President
2016 Dr. Anthony Jordan, retired Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Executive Director-Treasurer
2015 Melissa Ohden, abortion survivor
2014 Dr. Russell D. Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
2013 Lila Rose, pro-life activist and President of Live Action
2012 Abby Johnson, pro-life spokeswoman and former Planned Parenthood center director
Other Rose Day speakers include Norma McCorvey (from the Roe v. Wade case), abortion survivor Gianna Jensen and Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.
Rose Day Committee Members
Catholic Conference of Oklahoma
Hope Pregnancy Ministries
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Creative Community Engagement
Chairman Oklahomans for Life
Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services
Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services
Center of Family Love
Butterfield Memorial Foundation
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