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Life Chain set for Oct. 7 in Norfolk

October 2, 2018

Cynthia Kann believes women deserve better than abortion.

The local spokeswoman for the Norfolk Area Right to Life said that’s a big reason why she will be participating in the annual Life Chain in Norfolk.

The nationwide event in which advocates for the lives of the unborn gather for an hour of quiet, public witness and prayer will take place in Norfolk from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the corner of 13th Street and Norfolk Avenue.

“From a woman’s perspective, as I stand there and pray, in my heart of hearts I believe that women deserve better than abortion,” Kann said.

Participants in the Life Chain will have an opportunity to hold signs with messages like “Jesus Forgives and Heals,” “Adoption: The Loving Option,” “Abortion Hurts Women” and Life: The First Inalienable Right.” The signs are provided by the Norfolk Area Right to Life.

The Life Chain has taken place in Norfolk annually since about 2010 and also had taken place sporadically in prior years. Kann said about 250 people come out to stand in solidarity with other pro-life advocates each year and to publicly proclaim their opposition to abortion.

“With abortion, one is wounded and one is killed,” Kann said. “Women deserve better than that.”

Kann said the gathering has received reactions in the forms of honks, smiles and frowns from passers-by. Last year, one woman approached Kann, and they exchanged perspectives on the abortion issue.

“It was a great conversation. I was grateful she stopped by,” she said. “We’re here to dialogue. We’re called to love.”

Kann said the Norfolk Area Right to Life urges women who find themselves experiencing a crisis pregnancy to contact Birthright of Norfolk at 402-379-1004 or 800-550-4900.

The public — young and old — is invited to participate, Kann said. The event will be conducted regardless of weather conditions. Signs can be picked up in the parking lots of CVS, Walgreens, BankFirst or Michael’s Photography. Those who are unable to stand for an hour are urged to bring a lawn chair.

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