Millions of Americans to Stand Up for Women, Against Abortion in 2010 LifeChain
by Steven Ertelt
September 20, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life people around the nation will be literally standing up for women and unborn children next month. They’ll be taking part in an event known as Life Chain, a pro-life tradition that has been attracting media attention for years as pro-life people silently and peacefully oppose abortion and help women.
The event primarily takes place the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, but some cities and towns will coordinate their LifeChain events later in the month.
The idea for the annual event was born back in 1985, when organizer Royce Dunn was inspired to get people together in the rural town of Yuba City, California, to show support for the sanctity of human life. More than 2,000 people turned out for the event.
In the years since, Dunn estimates that millions of people in cities and towns across North America have come together to form human chains to show their opposition to abortion.
Dunn tells LifeNews.com that the purposes of the LifeChain are two-fold: the first is the obvious public outreach with the pro-life message the events afford local communities but the second is its purpose to call on local pastors, priests and churches to speak up more against abortion.
"National Life Chain Sunday 2010 is only one step toward ending the curse of legal abortion, yet it offers a strategic and peaceful opportunity for clergy and laity," a chance to speak out, he says.
"Only if graced with a new mindset will the church of today" act differently from the German church that tolerated the Holocaust, Dunn said. "Relative to that crucial need, success of National Life Chain Sunday 2010 rests chiefly with pastors who will prepare and lead their people to local sidewalks."
"Above all else, National Life Chain Sunday 2010 urges the corporate church across the U.S., Canada, and beyond to end its abandonment of preborn humanity," Dunn says.
This year’s LifeChain will be double the size of the 2005 event and held in cities and towns in U.S., Canada and several similar LifeChain events are held in nations across the country both this coming October and at various times throughout the year.
"We are almost overwhelmed by the interest in Life Chains in new locations across the U.S. and Canada," says Texas and national coordinator Sharron Albertson. "We should easily pass 1500 cities and towns listed on https://LifeChain.net – many with multiple locations so that more than 1800 locations will likely be listed."
She told LifeNews.com, "That does not include the Life Chains we have heard about in other countries – 51 in England, 5 in Republic of South Africa, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. The Life Chain manual has been translated for coordinators in Spain by an organization there."
Dunn believes the event is one that has been blessed by God to reach millions of Americans with the consistent message that Abortion Kills Children and Abortion Hurts Women.
"While only a first step into pro-life activism, Life Chain is a serious step that tests our concern," he says, noting it is a peaceful and prayerful event.
Other signs participants will hold include "Adoption – the Loving Option," "Jesus Forgives & Heals," "Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation," "Life – the first Inalienable Right" and "Pray to End Abortion." LifeChain also provides signs in Spanish for Hispanic communities.
Related web sites:
Find a LifeChain in your community at https://www.NationalLifeChain.org
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