By Karen Williamson
The 4th annual Cullman Life Chain will be held Oct. 20 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. rain or shine.
Participants will meet at the Cullman County Courthouse parking lot on U.S. Highway 31 and be provided pro-life signs. They will then line the sidewalks in front of the courthouse and along U.S. Highway 31 and U.S. Highway 278.
East Side Baptist Church Pastor Ken Allen has participated in the event for the past four years.
“I think that it is a part of the total package of making people aware that abortion continues each and every day,” he said. “So while we stand for 1 1/2 hours Saturday afternoon, it is one thing we can do to continue to bring attention to the pro-life cause.”
Allen has been announcing the event in his church every Sunday for the last six weeks, reminding his congregation to continue to pray for the unborn.
“Prayer is the key thing that unlocks God answering and hearing and working in this area,” he said. “We encourage people to make the loving choice to adopt or to keep their child,” he said.
Event organizer Sue Turner said the event begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. with prayer.
“The Cullman Life Chain will provide a legal, visible statement of solidarity by our local Christian community that abortion hurts women, kills children and is at the heart of the devastation being wrought upon marriage and the family in our nation and world today,” she said.
The city of Cullman has granted a permit for the event.
Over 1,400 cities and towns across North America were involved in October Life Chains in 2006, and more than 1,200 are planned this month. Eleven Alabama cities will participate.
“Life Chain has involved millions of pro-life people, and tens of millions of motorists have viewed Life Chains in progress,” said Turner. “Many pre-born lives have been saved through Life Chain’s witness.”