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Human Life service is Sunday

By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald

The 15th annual community Sanctity of Human Life service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, 3466 Porter St. in Enumclaw.

Dr. Sharon Quick will be the featured guest speaker. She is a pediatric anesthesiologist and critical care physician who currently confines her professional activities to research and writing. She has testified in Olympia on pro-life issues. She is active in the Christian Medical and Dental Society and is the Washington State Coordinator for the American Academy of Medical Ethics.

Formerly, she was a clinical assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Washington.

Quick will discuss two important pro-life issues - human cloning and stem cell research. Her presentation will cover scientific information (pro and con), ethical concerns, proposed legislation and how individuals and communities can take action.

A question-and-answer period will follow. A representative from the Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government (WERG) will be available with literature.

The service is sponsored by Enumclaw Plateau Human Life and cooperating Plateau area churches.

In addition to the speaker, informational signs will be displayed at various churches in Enumclaw this month.

According to Enumclaw Plateau Human Life president Ray Thies, the group's position is to tell the "life story" through education. There is no religious affiliation.

The Enumclaw Plateau Human Life organization is one of 50 affiliates in the state of Washington. The state headquarters is in Redmond.

Enumclaw Plateau Human Life held its first Sanctity of Human Life service at Hope Lutheran Church in Enumclaw 15 years ago and has rotated its educational programs and displays through other Enumclaw and Buckley churches throughout the years. Through the years, organizers have brought more than 30 speakers to the Plateau. They also erect educational displays at the King County Fair and provide educational material and speakers, upon request, to organizations and schools. According to Thies, the group prefers to use a non-violent, educational approach to its program.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at bsexton@courierherald.com

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