February 5, 2020
Oklahoma State Capitol | 11:30am
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.
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
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 News Articles
29th Annual Rose Day set for Feb. 5 at State Capitol: Former Planned Parenthood worker to share testimony of conversion
January 13, 2020
Rose Day, now in its 29th year, is organized by Oklahoma Baptists and other pro-life organizations, who are asking pastors and church members from across the state to attend.
“In the nearly 30 years of Rose Day, important legislation has been passed that has helped save lives. There is so much more we must do to end the barbaric practice of abortion in Oklahoma. We are asking Oklahoma Baptists to step up, to be part of Rose Day,” said Blake Gideon, senior pastor of Edmond, First who is serving as Oklahoma Baptists’ president.
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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