OHIO VALLEY — Life Chain, a social movement advocating against the practice of abortion, has designated Oct. 4 as National Life Chain Sunday. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., supporters from local churches and the community are encouraged to line sidewalks in designated areas throughout North America, where they will pray and hold signs.
Life Chain had its beginning in 1987 when a group of pro-life activists rallied on the sidewalks of Yuba City and Marysville, CA., to pray and display an assortment of pro-life and anti-abortion signs. As Life Chain gained support, they began to include prayer vigils, newspaper and billboard campaigns and door-to-door distribution of pro-life literature.
The organization continued to grow and claims support throughout the United States and Canada. Now an annual event, the first Sunday in October has been designated Life Chain Sunday by the group. According to Life Chain, in 2014, 1,550 cites and towns participated.
This year, Life Chains have been confirmed to take place in Pomeroy and Gallipolis.
According Pomeroy Life Chain coordinator Brenda Barnhart, it has been several years since a chain has been held in Meigs County. More than 25 area churches have been invited to participate in the 2015 chain.
She emphasized that certain protocols must observed to keep with the goals of Life Chain Sunday. Each group’s coordinator will provide ready-made signs along with a code of conduct; the coordinator will also have final approval of homemade signs for the rally.
“Our goal is to raise awareness,” she said. “What this chain represents is a peaceful demonstration of our beliefs.”
On what has become a highly controversial topic, supports say their goal is to adhere to a strict non-confrontational approach during the chain. Life Chains states it is a “time for saving lives and changing hearts.” Idle chatter, frivolity, and verbal and physical responses to motorists are strongly discouraged, according to Royce Dunn, national Life Chain director.
“Life Chain is a time for prayerful self-analysis, repentance, and serious commitment to helping end abortion in our nation,” Dunn said.
For more information on chains taking place in your area, visit the web site at NationalLifeChain.org and select your state.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551