EUGENE — In recognition of the Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v. Wade on June 24, pro-life advocates convened for a rally at the federal courthouse in Eugene. It was one of only 61 scheduled rallies across the nation.

Led by Eric Walter, Knights of Columbus life program director for Eugene Council 17442, the two-hour rally included music and several pro-life speakers. In addition to the Knights of Columbus, organizations involved in planning included members from the Gospel of Life, Oregon Right to Life and a local Protestant congregation.

The Eugene police were apprised of rally plans. Planning began May 2, the day the Supreme Court Dobbs draft leak occurred, and had to be open-ended since decision day was not known.

Pro-lifers witnessed the violence and destruction across the country by pro-abortion extremists in reaction to the leak. The planning and participation for the Decision Day rally was challenging due to logistics and security concerns, which may also have been the reason for the small turn-out of approximately 35 people.

Father John Boyle from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Cottage Grove provided the opening prayer. Lynda Teutsch, post-abortive mother who is now a well-known pro-life leader and speaker, gave a talk. Teutsch has been very active in post-abortive recovery programs.

Sophie Morton is student speaker for Oregon Right to Life’s state level competitions for both essay and oratory. Patrick Parson is state life program director for the Oregon Council of the Knights of Columbus. Blake Moser, chair of the Lane County chapter of Oregon Right to Life, also gave a speech, as did Therese Ruesink, well-known pro-life leader from the Portland area.

Groups protesting the Supreme Court decision were on the scene and attempted to interrupt the rally by shouting. Thanks to the presence of the Eugene police, the distractions remained minimal.

The rally audience was enthusiastic, and all who were present were pleased to celebrate what they saw as a special day in American history when life won a major victory.

Parson is the state life program director for the Oregon Council of the Knights of Columbus.