Anti-abortion groups form Life Chain in Indy, 36 other Ind. cities

Protest gains mixed reactions from public

INDIANAPOLIS - A large group of anti-abortion groups stood together on one of the city’s busiest streets Sunday afternoon.

Organizers formed the Life Chain on Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis to send a message of solidarity.

"Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 90 minutes praying for the nation and for an end to abortion," organizers said in a statement.

Three generations of the Welch family gathered to support the cause.

"As a nation we need to wake up to the over 50 million babies that have been aborted, that's a lot," Anne Welch said.

The Life Chain started 26 years ago, and 25-year-old Nick Welch has been a link in the human chain since he was born.

"It's important to stand up for something you believe is right and not just let it happen," Nick Welch said.

Supporters held signs to grab the attention of anyone on the fence about abortion.

"I got pregnant when I was 18 and I didn't tell anyone about it because I was just going to have an abortion and let it die down and I decided that I loved my baby and whatever I did to get this baby, I needed to stand up on my own two feet to take care of my child," Ebony Dupree said.

Others had mixed reactions to the demonstration.

"I think it's a very personal choice, so it should be left up to that one person, not anyone else's input into it," Amber Thomas said.

James and Amber Thomas have doubts that waving signs will actually sway opinions.

"Once your mind is set, your mind is set. You're not changing someone's minds holding the sign or holding someone else's hand that is holding the sign, you're not going to change anyone's opinion," James Thomas said.

After 60 minutes of prayer, the demonstrators turned in their signs and promised to line the street once again for the same cause next year.

Similar demonstrations were held across 36 other Indiana cities Sunday, as well as various other cities and states across the country.

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