On October 2, it is anticipated that thousands of Catholics at almost 60 locations in the Archdiocese of Detroit will be participating in National Life Chain Sunday. Scheduled to begin at 2 in the afternoon, and ending by 3:30, prayerful demonstrators will come together to pray and witness to the sanctity of human life.
Life Chain, in its 24th year, has been growing in public awareness and in popularity. A peaceful and prayerful event, people stand at intervals to create a chain effect and hold signs that emphasize the sacredness of life. It is a show of Christian solidarity urging the community to respect human life at every stage.
This year Life Chain has a special location: 1625 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills, a property purchased by Planned Parenthood intended to be developed into an abortion clinic.
Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the group that has been leading the effort to prevent Planned Parenthood from opening the clinic, urges demonstrators, ‘There are many Life Chain sites, and we hope that people will participate whenever they are able– but it is vitally important that we see people out at the Planned Parenthood building. Our presence sends a message that Oakland County opposes the opening of another abortion center!’
Barb Yagley, of Central Oakland Right to Life, also encourages participation at the Opdyke site…’Coming to the N. Opdyke location is a unique way to be pro-active…by doing this, we are asking God to spare us this scourge in our community and thanking Him for preventing it from opening thus far.’
Those who have never attended a Life Chain event are encouraged to come out to the location nearest them. Signs will be distributed on site and lawn chairs are offered for those who cannot stand for the 90 minutes.
‘Being part of a Life Chain is an act of gentle outreach to the community – a message that there is a better ‘choice’ than abortion…Life Chain removes abortion from the virulent political arena and bypasses the heated debate about rights and freedoms’ says Yagley.
The Archdiocese website has the complete list of its area Life Chain locations and phone numbers to call.
If you come to the Life Chain on N. Opdyke Road, please park at Heritage Baptist Church (2024 Pontiac Rd, just west of Opdyke) and ride the shuttle bus.