Crossroads residents stand to deliver abortion message
By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Oct. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.
Paul Adams stood along Navarro Street on Sunday afternoon because he believed in something.
It's not just his belief, but one shared by millions nationwide and he wanted others to understand it as well.
"I believe abortion is wrong," Adams said.
He was not alone.
Members of the public stood in silence for an hour and created what they called a Life Chain as they held signs condemning abortion. They didn't even make eye contact with anyone, even as some motorists drove by, putting their thumbs up in acknowledgement.
Out in force, community members and people from Life and Family Advocates, a pro-life organization, displayed signs expressing their thoughts about abortion.
St. Joseph High School freshman Carter Keating learned about the event through his theology teacher, who encouraged him to attend the event.
"Abortion is not the right choice," he said.
Kelli Gill, chairwoman of the Victoria County Democratic Party, said that while she was glad that people were expressing their thoughts, "I believe that women should have multiple accesses to choices."
Gill said the choice of abortion should be between "the woman, (and) her family."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 329,797 children were born in 2011 to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 19.
Holding her sign that read "Abortion Kills Children," Patricia Hessler, of Victoria, said society needs to stop allowing abortions to occur.
"We just can't continue to kill children," Hessler said. "It's the right thing to do" ... to demonstrate publicly so others can share her convictions.
After the silence, before leaving, Adams said that by participating in the Life Chain, "I hope that people live in a more Christian life."