Right to Life celebrates adoption


Shelly York addresses the vigil crowd, sharing her experience as an adoptive mother.

Shelly York addresses the vigil crowd, sharing her experience as an adoptive mother.


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Shelby County Right to Life prepares to walk around the courtsquare Tuesday, Jan. 23.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — The Right to Life’s annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade was “A Celebration of Adoption.” The event, held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse, focused on adoption as an alternative to abortion and highlighted adoptive families among Right to Life’s membership.

Pastor Jon Shriber, of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, shared about the central and ongoing role of adoption in his life as an adopted child and later as an adoptive father.

“Adoption has been a tremendous blessing throughout my life,” he said.

Members Ken and Shelly York, of Russia, spoke movingly about God’s continual intervention in the growing of their family to seven children, five of whom are adopted. They concluded their presentation by encouraging others to consider the possibility of adoption.

Following prayer together, the group of about 75, some holding signs with the message, “Adoption: The Loving Option,” processed by candlelight around the court square. The procession was led by adoptive children carrying the Right to Life banner.

Shelly York addresses the vigil crowd, sharing her experience as an adoptive mother.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/01/web1_Vigil2019ShellyYork.jpegShelly York addresses the vigil crowd, sharing her experience as an adoptive mother. Courtesy photo

Shelby County Right to Life prepares to walk around the courtsquare Tuesday, Jan. 23.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/01/web1_SDN012418RightToLife.jpgShelby County Right to Life prepares to walk around the courtsquare Tuesday, Jan. 23. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News