Pro-Life Society holds annual prayer service

About 60 people gathered for the Memorial Prayer Service for the Victims of Abortion, sponsored by the Vernon & Area Pro-Life Society at Cenotaph Park May 12.

It was the 10th annual event, held in conjunction with the National March for Life in Ottawa and other Canadian cities.

“People come out so they can remember those that were the victims of abortion, not just the children who are aborted but the mothers. A lot of the time, it is not the mothers who choose but their parents or boyfriends, and the mothers don’t have full knowledge of what abortion is,” said Lydia Melesko, Vernon & Area Pro-Life Society outreach coordinator.

“We also think of the fathers who are left out of the situation and who suffer knowing they could have had a child.”

Melesko said that abortion affects women physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually, sometimes years after the event.

The society offers counseling and other help for mothers. For more information call the office at 250-545-5520.