Thousands of People Line the Streets to Tell Americans “Abortion Kills Children”

National   |   Christina Vazquez   |   Oct 8, 2018   |   11:30AM   |   Washington, DC

After a turbulent week that led to a pro-life victory with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, the pro-life movement’s work continues as evidenced by the National Life Chain on Sunday.

Thousands of pro-life advocates filled the streets in silent solidarity Sunday all across the United States during the National Life Chain.

They held signs on public sidewalks across their cities and towns, and prayed silently for an hour. Their signs included messages like “Adoption, the loving option,” “Jesus forgives and heals” and “Life is the first inalienable right.” On the back of each sign were prayers and meditations, as well as the Life Chain Code of Conduct, which states: “Life Chain is not a rally or a celebration. We stand against a holocaust.”

There has been news coverage of the National Life Chain all over the United States, from South Carolina to Pennsylvania to West Virginia to Colorado. In each city, all of the supporters shared a message of peace and love, not of condemnation.

“We’re not out here to demonstrate or anything like that; we’re here to pray,” local chairperson Karen Hamrick of New Castle, Pennsylvania, told her local news. “We’re here to pray that God will touch hearts, that changes will be made, that maybe some young ladies who go by and see the signs realize that there’s more to it; that there’s help.”

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At some events, the pro-life supporters faced opposition. In Denton, Texas, a police officer arrived on scene because someone had called the police complaining that participants were blocking the turn-in lanes along the edge of the road. After speaking with the local Respect Life coordinator, however, the officer found no reason to intervene, North Texas Daily reports.

The Life Chains are peaceful, prayerful events, though organizers welcome pro-lifers who are not religious to participate as well. In Mesa County, Colorado, Pastor Mike Redeker told his local newspaper that their purpose was to be a silent witness for life in their community.

“It’s a silent stand-up. It’s not an in-your-face thing,” he said.

While the official numbers from National Life Chain have not been released yet, in 2017 more than 1,500 cities participated, according to the organization’s 2018 press release. This past weekend’s Life Chain marks the 31st year since its inception in California in 1987.