Life Chains in Over 600 Cities Tell Americans That Abortion Kills Children

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 17, 2022   |   10:58AM   |   Washington, DC

Thousands of pro-lifers stood as silent, prayerful witnesses to the devastation of abortion Sunday on busy street corners across America for the annual Life Chain.

Holding signs that read “Abortion kills children” and “Life, the first inalienable right,” families with young children, senior citizens, students and adults gathered to remind their communities about the value of babies in the womb. According to the National Life Chain, more than 600 cities participated this October.

In Huntington, West Virginia, local pro-lifers have been holding annual Life Chains for decades, The Herald-Dispatch reports. And organizers said the overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer did not change the need to raise awareness.

Cathy Weiss said West Virginia law protects unborn babies from abortion again, but pro-life advocates still have work to do.

“Even in states like West Virginia where abortion is illegal, you can get [abortion pills] through the mail,” Weiss told the newspaper.

She said they strive to love and support mothers and babies, as well as refute the lies the abortion industry tells women.

“They tell these girls you’re going to have an abortion and you’ll never think of it again. Well, yes, they do,” Weiss said.

Several dozen people participated in the Huntington event, holding signs along the roadside that read, “Abortion hurts women,” “Abortion kills children” and “Jesus forgives and heals,” according to the local news.

In North Carolina, where abortions are still legal, pro-lifers in Hickory also gathered along the roadside to pray for an end to abortion. The Hickory Daily Record reports about 50 people participated, lining busy streets for several blocks with signs reminding passersby that “Jesus forgives and heals” and “I am a person – Be my voice” beside an image of an unborn baby.

The local Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s charity organization, and KOC Ladies Auxiliary helped to organize the event, according to the report.

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The annual Life Chain brings pro-lifers together in their local communities to pray for an end to abortion and peacefully witness to the truth about life in the womb. The outdoor event, which began in the 1980s in California, has spread to more than 2,000 cities across America.

With messages like “Abortion hurts women,” “Pray to end abortion,” and “Jesus forgives and heals,” Life Chain participants have educated millions of passing motorists from streets and sidewalks across America. The goal is to gather pro-life people of all faiths to share the message that abortions must end because they destroy the lives of unborn children and hurt women.

While Life Chains are religious, prayer-oriented events, organizers welcome non-religious pro-lifers to participate. Participants are encouraged to pray and/or solemnly reflect on the violence of abortion in a public place where they can witness to the truth about abortion in their community.

Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions. Hundreds of mothers also have died, and countless more have been scarred for life.

Now, states may protect unborn babies from abortion again. Fifteen states already have done so, but some have been blocked by court orders. SBA Pro-Life America estimates more than 125,000 unborn babies are being saved from abortion as a result of the pro-life laws currently in place.