by Steven Ertelt
October 3, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Every October, millions of Americans brave the cold fall air in hundreds of cities and towns across the country to present a silent witness against abortion in the annual LifeChain. This year, thousands of towns across the U.S., and Canada, will feature these prayerful demonstrations.
Holding signs such as "Abortion Hurts Women" and "Abortion Kills Children," participants in the LifeChain have been counted on every year to remind their communities that abortion has two victims.
Pastor Joe Goodson, who formerly coordinated the event in Mansfield, Texas, tells of a ninth-grade boy who was nervous about being part of the pro-life event.
"During the following week when he was asked to write a paper in English class, he wrote about his experience and why it was important to be pro-life," Goodson relates.
"His teacher showed his paper to some other teachers and called his mother, who immediately thought her son was in trouble," he explained. "The teacher said that she had an abortion years ago and that she and some of the other teachers needed to talk to someone who could counsel them about their abortions.”
That testimony of hope and healing is one of millions of stories pro-life advocates could tell about how their one hour commitment of time led to a miracle.
This year marks the 20th year for the national LifeChain and the event is Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m local time in every city that participates.
Other slogans on the professionally-printed signs include "Adoption – the Loving Option," "Life – the First Inalienable Right," "Pray to End Abortion," "El Aborto Mata Ninos," and "Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation."
Rosemary Hogan-Smith of Barrie, Canada tells LifeNews.com that pro-life advocates north of the border participate as well.
She said that even though residents of Canada are typically considered more pro-abortion than Americans, there are "dedicated people show to stand in silent, prayerful witness to the calamity of abortion."
"Considering, a woman can have an abortion at any point of her pregnancy, even when she is delivering a full-term baby, as long as, it’s head is still in the birth-canal," there is reason for Canadian pro-life people to turn out.
Alice Lafuze is coordinating the Life Chain in Richmond, Indiana and she says it’s a "duty" for pro-life people to attend since many make the event their only pro-life activity of the year.
"We have become a selfish nation, concerned with our own needs and rights but not of the unborn child’s rights. A child is a gift from God. Babies do not deserve to suffer the pain of death induced by abortion and to be discarded as if it was garbage," she said.