It's two o'clock on a Sunday afternoon as anti-abortion protestors begin to form what they call a "Life Chain" along Timberland Drive in Lufkin. It's an annual event and is a scene played out around the United States and Canada, according to organizers.
Life Chain participants stand shoulder to shoulder armed with signs and posters proclaiming their position on abortion. It's described as "an international hour of prayer for our nation and a peaceful, legal and compassionate public witness on behalf of the unborn at risk of elective abortion."
The Lufkin Life Chain will begin on Timberland Drive and Paul Street and continue south along Timberland Drive. Participants held printed signs, in English and Spanish, that said "Abortion Kills Children," "Adoption Is a Loving Option," and "Jesus Forgives and Heals."
According to a Life Chain news release, "Surgical and chemical abortions have likely killed over 100 million pre-born American and Canadian citizens."
Local Life Chain organizers say their movement depends primarily on local pastors who will lead their congregations and parishes to their city sidewalks.