By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – About 50 people stood in Tupelo against abortion on Sunday, all a part of the nationwide Life Chain event.
About 30 members of the West Main Church of Christ stood outside the church from 3-4 p.m., and at Crosstown, about 15 people, some from various churches but most of them from the Tupelo Tea Party, stood from 4-5 p.m. The Life Chain event, according to its website, is a “peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals.”
Bro. Doug Greenway, pastor of the West Main Church of Christ, passed out signs he ordered from the Life Chain organization that read, “Abortion kills children,” “Adoption, the loving option” and “Pray to end abortion.” The back of the signs contained songs, a code of conduct and scripture verses.
“We’ll wave, we’ll smile. We just want to create some awareness,” he said.
Members of his church who stood outside ranged in age from children to senior citizens, including 88-year-old Mary Potter.
“If we can prevent one person from having an abortion, it’s time well spent,” she said.
At Crosstown, Grant Sowell, a chairman for the Tupelo Tea Party, passed out large signs promoting Proposition 26, the Mississippi Personhood Amendment, to about 15 folks who stood at each four corners of the intersection.
He was also joined by Angela Wildmon, daughter of Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association.
“We had a prayer before we started,” he said. “This is peaceful, and it’s about creating awareness.”