SOUTH CAROLINA—People have mobilized to participate in Respect Life Month activities.
Advocates of all ages stood silently along major roads around the state Oct. 7 for Life Chains. They were holding signs that read “Life — the first Inalienable Right,” “Pray to End Abortion,” “El Aborto Mata Ninos,” “El aborto lastima a las Mujeres,” and praying quietly together.
Many drivers honked their horns in support as they sped by.
Stephen Boyle was holding a sign on S.C. Highway 17 away from the other volunteers located in front of Blessed Sacrament Church in Charleston. He received angrily shouted statements from two separate young, male drivers. He said it didn’t bother him, however, because the possibility of saving a child’s life was more important. It just further cements his mission, he said.
“We are here to be a moral compass for people,” he added.
In the Rosary Coast to Coast event, one participating parish took the title literally and went out to Litchfield Beach. Father Paul MacNeil, pastor of Precious Blood of Christ Church on Pawleys Island, led the prayer. It was attended by parishioners from the Grand Strand churches.
A longer vigil, 40 Days for Life, began Sept. 26 and lasts through Nov. 4. The event involves prayer and fasting, vigils and more. Find a location at 40daysforlife.com.
Top photo, Miscellany/Doug Deas: Shawna Swanson, a student at Bishop England High School, draws on the sidewalk at the campus on Daniel Island. The teens were participating in National Pro-life Chalk Day held Oct. 2.