WINCHESTER — People of all Christian denominations held a silent protest against abortion on Sunday afternoon along Amherst Street near Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.
They held signs that affirmed life, motherhood and fatherhood.
“This is an ecumenical community event,” Francis Moyer, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Respect Life Committee member and coordinator of this year’s Winchester Life Chain event, said in a news release. “We invite people of all Christian denominations to join us. We can all agree that life is precious and if we don’t stand up for the little ones who can’t stand up for themselves, who will?”
The protest was part of the national Life Chain event, which has taken place every year for 30 years in over 1,500 locations across America.
This year, there were events in every state and Washington, D.C.
Life Chain was held here from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
According to Moyer, organizers decided to end the event at 2:15 because there is a Spanish mass at Sacred Heart at 2:30 p.m., and she wanted to make sure people had the opportunity to participate and still be able to go to mass.
“This is a nondenominational event,” Moyer said. “Although our church is sort of ‘hosting’ it, anyone from any church is welcome.”
Moyer had official signs from Life Chain for participants to hold, and they were available in English and Spanish. She said Life Chain discourages people from making their own signs.
Before the protest started, participants gathered at the entrance of Sacred Heart Church to pick up their signs and to say a short prayer. Then, they lined both sides of Amherst Street from Allison Avenue to Westside Station Drive.
During the protest, participants repeated prayers silently, and they were not supposed to engage with the public, according to recommendations from the Life Chain website, lifechain.net.
“It’s a peaceful and prayerful event,” Moyer said.
Last year, 126 people, including children, took part in the protest. This year, 114 people were in attendance.
“We’re praying for an end to abortion, we’re praying for the children and the women who are harmed by abortion,” Moyer said.
Abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973 with the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.
— Contact Julia Kazar at firstname.lastname@example.org