ERLC Events – Rose Day


2015 Rose Day Rally

Oklahomans have an opportunity to express their belief in the sanctity of human life to their legislators during the 24th Annual Rose Day this February at the State Capitol.

Registration / Rose Distribution:    9:30-11:30 a.m.
Rally:                                                          11:45 a.m.
Location:                                                   House Chambers


Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn. Attendees are encouraged to present roses to their representative, senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. Roses will not be provided.

Rose Day Highlights:

  • You will need to bring your own roses.  Roses will not be provided.
  • The south and east parking lots will provide ease of entry and exit.
  • The Rose Day rally will be indoors and is free of charge.
  • The rally will take place in the State House of Representatives chambers.  Overflow seating is available in the State Senate chambers.  Both are accessible from the 4th floor rotunda.
  • Day of registration is available.  Registration tables are located at all entrances into the 4th floor rotunda.
  • You can find out your legislators at the event.  Large posters will share where their offices are within the Capitol.
  • This event is child friendly however childcare is not provided.
  • Allow a bit of extra time to go through security.

Keynote Speaker

Melissa Ohden – Saline Abortion Survivor

Melissa Ohden

Melissa Ohden

Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She is the Founder and Director of For Olivia’s Sake, an organization which seeks to raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. The birth of Olivia, her first child, in 2008,who never would have existed if Melissa’s birthmother’s abortion would have succeeded in ending her life, prompted Melissa to create this organization that would positively raise awareness of the ripple effect of abortion across generations.
In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network,, after recognizing the number of abortion survivors and how most felt alone in this role, and after recognizing the need for the public to be educated about the reality of failed abortions and abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 130 survivors and she is working on a healing ministry curriculum and a retreat for survivors.

Melissa has been featured on television and radio programs including: The 700 Club, EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Defending Life, Fox News, Facing Life Head On, Focus on the Family, and American Family Radio, the Mike Huckabee show, and the Teresa Tomeo show. Her life and ministry is featured in the award winning pro-life documentary, A Voice for Life.

After years of searching for her biological family and offering them forgiveness for the decision that was made to end her life, Melissa’s story, and her life, is so much more than one of survival. Melissa’s life story is about the beauty of God’s grace in our lives, about the power of love, about the hope for joy and healing in the midst of grief and loss, and about the transformational power of forgiveness and in answering God’s call for your life.

Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.


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