Signs displaying messages like “Adoption: The Loving Option,” “Abortion Hurts Women” and “Jesus Forgives and Heals” will be held along Buckeye Avenue on Sunday afternoon.
The signs are part of the annual worldwide event, Life Chain. Each year in Abilene, an average of 50-65 people hold signs that declare pro-adoption, anti-abortion messages while they pray for young fathers, women facing unexpected pregnancies and families who suffer the effects of abortion.
Shane Britt, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, said he participates in Life Chain because “it’s in support of life, and to me, that’s a good thing. It’s worth standing up for.”
Britt said he believes many people participate in the event because they want to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.
“They’re wanting to be the voice of the unborn who have a right to live and experience life,” Britt said.
Participants will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the parking lot of Faith Lutheran Church at the corner of 16th Street and Buckeye Avenue. Britt said participants will select their signs, receive a few instructions and then stand or sit along the side of the street.
Bottled water will be provided at the beginning and refreshments will be provided afterward. People of all ages are welcome to hold signs until 3:30 p.m.
For more information, call Rita Macy at Emmanuel Church at 263-3342