On October 2, 2011 at 2:00 in the afternoon, the annual Greeley life chain took place on 23rd street. About 200 pro-life advocates expanded the line. Mary Jane Kuhn, a District 6 paraprofessional has coordinated this event for ten years but notes the city of Greely has been gathering for these life chains since the early 90’s. Kuhn states the reason for this event is to visually remind our community of the many affects on abortion to individuals. With seven different banners with messages such as “Life is Precious”, “Adoption: the Loving Option”, “Abortion Hurts Women” and “El Aborto Mata Niños” among others, the people of Greeley were positively recapped on abortion’s marks on society.
There were many touching testimonies among the advocates in the life chain. One in particular drew everyone’s attention. A woman on one of the corners of 23rd street held a personal banner that stated “I Regret my Abortion”. Lisa Jones courageously transferred to all of us a personal message on how abortion is not where troubles terminate but where doubts and fears grow deeper. With tears emerging in her eyes Jones said, “Abortion hurts women for the rest of their life and is something one cannot take back -ever”. Looking back to her life, Jones recognizes she has been healed from her trauma and is willing to help women who can relate to what she has been through and who are doubting the gift of life.
Among other advocates in the life chain was the Barefoot for Babies organization from the University of Northern Colorado. About 50 students from this organization added to the life chain promoting the belief of life immediately beginning in conception. Jonathan Smail, a young man who was attending his first life chain, was mostly surprised at some of the drivers’ hateful actions toward the pro-life movement. People would scream and flip advocators off. Smail stated, “this type of behavior appalls me, I would never expect such response”. Because of possibilities of disrespectful responses, the life chain has its own code of conduct that incites a “humble yet bold” character.
Among this meaningful annual event the city of Greeley promotes education on pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion. Organizations such as Pregnancy Resource Center of Northern Colorado are open to everyone who is unsure on pro-life or pro-choice. They educate on different routes besides abortion when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Visit www.pregnancyresourcesgreeley.com for more information.
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