About 300 people gathered at the First Church of God for the annual Sanctity of Human Life dinner from the Hi Point Women's Center of Logan County.
On the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade court decision legalizing abortion, it was announced that 55 million babies have been aborted since that historic day in our country. 55 million!
Director April Staton addressed the audience and detailed the goals for the center in 2013. Some of the goals include expanding bible study groups, starting a parenting class (which begins this month), and hiring a 3rd part-time staff member allowing the center be open more hours.
Staton explains the event.
The guest speaker of the night was a familiar name to many Buckeyes fans. Former quarterback Stanley Jackson took the stage and told his troubling story on how abortion was in his life from the time he was a young boy. His brother got a girl pregnant as a freshman in high school and his father and the girl's parents made the decision to abort the baby. Then in college, shortly after being named the starting quarterback, Jackson's girlfriend told him she was pregant. Jackson recalled asking for help from several people including family, friends, coaches and others on what to do. He says at no time did anyone stand up and tell him to be a man and take repsonsibility. He was told he didn't need this now. He was preparing to be the starting quarterback at Ohio State and looking ahead at a career in the pros. So they had an abortion. To this day, that is a decision that he says was wrong. A decision that they will never forget. Jackson's girlfriend is now his wife and they have four children (3 boys, 1 girl). His wife has difficulty discussing it while Stanley says it helps him to share their story and hopefully he can prevent someone else from making a wrong decision.
Jackson's speech kept coming back to one point "If not now, when? If not us, who?" He challenged the audience to get involved and get in the fight. He kept reminding folks of the number 55 million babies. He also brought up the number of abortions in Logan County in 2011, 23, and said imagine if 23 people were murdered by a gun in Logan County in 2012? He said that's what is happening every day, murder. He again stressed how it is important for us to stand up and be heard. He said that even though 23 abortions in 2011 was 15 less than 2010 it was still too many. He wants 0 in Logan County and for that number to spread throughout the state and country.
Jackson also challenged the men in the audience to "get your family right". He said it was the father's job to teach his children right and wrong. It's the father's job to talk to his boys and girls about making the right decisions, being responsible and followers of God. He also preaches the best option for anyone who doesn't want to get pregnant, don't have sex. He talks about this with his own kids and says we all need to do this. He also said, and if our children make 1 bad decision don't let them make a 2nd. Stand up and "be a man" and take responsibility for that mistake.
Jackson pulled no punches in his speech and told everyone he was there to get in their pockets. Because the Hi Point Women's Center can't do it without help. They need money to operate and money to help women with an unplanned pregnancy.
Not only did Jackson donate his time for this event he also sweetened the pot for everyone in the building to pledge a little more than they planned. Jackson said whoever made the biggest donation of the night he would treat them to 3 Ohio State football games next season. Two games at home (1 their choice, 1 his) and the third at Michigan! The Michigan game also includes dinner with Jackson and possibly Earle Bruce.
Jackson now resides in Marion with his wife and four children. He's a banker now after his playing days in the CFL came to an end a few years back. As a matter of fact, Jackson and his investors are looking at buying their first bank and it is right here in Logan County. The Citizens Bank of DeGraff is in the process of being bought by Jackson. He hopes that if everything goes through to have full ownership by April.
Jackson comments about his message at the banquet.
The Hi Point Women's Center provides pregnancy tests, peer mentoring for baby & mom, material needs for baby and mom, parenting classes, free ultrasounds, bible study groups and much more and is available for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. For more information go to www.hipointwomenscenter.com