Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 2022: Pro-life events planned for January

Father Terry Gensemer of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life has high hopes for the Dobbs case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Gensemer was a guest with Greg Davis on the Jan. 6 radio broadcast of “Priority Talk.” Both agree Dobbs, a case now under consideration by the high court that involves a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, has potentially major consequences.

“The best case scenario is that Roe v. Wade will be overturned entirely,” said Gensemer, CEC for Life international director. “Abortion is the ‘holy grail’ for states like New York and California, so I fear there could be large-scale protests. But it may be that the court simply gives more authority to state governments and has the federal government back away.

“It is difficult to say what the court will decide,” he added. “We’ve heard what some of the judges have said, and it’s brought about some speculation.”

Gensemer, who has led CEC for Life since 2001, said the organization wants to be a voice for the unborn. He shared two stories of health emergencies following abortions performed in Alabama.

Medical emergencies

“A woman under the pseudonym ‘Jane Stone’ filed a lawsuit after a procedure in December that resulted in a ‘medical mistake,’” he explained. “Her suit claims she hemorrhaged and was left to bleed in the recovery chair. She asked for an ambulance, but the clinic only called for one when no pulse was detected. The hospital performed an emergency hysterectomy.” 

Seven months prior, another patient, April Lowery, died after a botched abortion.

“There are regulations in place for clinics of this type, including the width of hallways and other building codes,” Gensemer noted. “But the lives of patients are more important than these codes.

“Once again, our coalition has helped organize complaints with [the Alabama Department of Public Health] and the Board of Medical Examiners and are awaiting their responses …. ADPH has the ability, the authority and obligation to hold this clinic accountable for its detrimental actions — today.”

Events planned

Gensemer said CEC for Life will sponsor a prayer vigil at the Birmingham clinic Jan. 15 at 10:45 a.m.

“This will be a Saturday, so the clinic will be closed,” he said. “We’ll have security in place, and we’ll pray for life.”

Gensemer also noted there will be a “life rally” at Oasis of Praise Church in McCalla Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. (

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Priority Talk airs from 35 p.m. weekdays on Birmingham station WXJC, 101.1 FM and 850 AM, and

Watch the full interview here.

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