Youth Proclaim They are Part of the Pro-life Generation at International Life Chains (5 October 2014)

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Up to a million Christians in approximately 1 800 locations worldwide took part in the various Life Chains this 5 October, International Life Chain Sunday. A National March for Life, organised by the National Alliance for Life, took place in Umhlanga, Durban, with about 2000 marching.

About 150 Christians formed a Life Chain to proclaim the sanctity of life in Cape Town today. The Life Chain inCape Town took place on the centre island ofBuitengracht Street (near the entrance to the Waterfront). Life Chains also took place in 2 other cities in South Africa yesterday: East London and Bloemfontein.

The Life Chain is an international prayer rally and peaceful placard protest against the abortion holocaust.  

  • 90 000 abortions were performed at state hospitals in 2013, up by 20 000 from 2012 (“Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up”, The Times, 6 August 2014).
  • Most of them, 54 000 or 60% were teenagers (“Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up”, The Times, 6 August 2014).
  • Of the 37 000 abortions at Marie Stopes abortuaries in South Africa in 2013, 8% of them were performed on teenagers. (Marie Stopes Communications Manager, Andrea Thompson, quoted in “Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up”, The Times, 6 August 2014).
  • Combining the statistics given for state hospitals and Marie Stopes abortuaries, means that there were approximately 127 000 abortions in 2013.

Despite the fact that many teenagers are falling pregnant and aborting their babies, at the both the March for Life in Durban and at the Life Chains, hundreds of children and teenagers proclaimed that they will stand for Life in their generation. These are the children that survived the Termination of Pregnancy Act (1997).

“Pro-life groups come alongside the next generation to help and support them, recognising that the future of this country is in their hands. Pro-lifers promote abstinence from sex until marriage and support those facing an unplanned pregnancy with practical help and support,” says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

Illegal abortionists operate with impunity in virtually every city and town in South Africa - due to the failure of police and city officials to investigate or make any arrests. The Department of Health estimated that there are 38 illegal abortions per 1 000 women (report in Sowetan Live, 12 June 2012).

The Christian Action Network has urged pro-lifers to lay charges against illegal abortionists at their local police station. A form detailing how illegal abortions violate both the Termination of Pregnancy Act and Medicines Act has been drafted for this purpose and can be downloaded here.

“Pro-life groups uphold the sanctity of life – that every life is valuable to God. Over 70 Crisis Pregnancy Centres, Mothers Homes and Baby Homes across South Africa provide women with loving alternatives and practical support, not just one choice – abortion – that pro-abortionists coerce women into choosing. Doctors for Life and many other Christian groups each care for hundreds of orphans.”

Since 1987 Life Chains have been held in the USA, and since 1992 Africa Christian Action has organised Life Chains in South Africa. This was the 22nd Life Chain held in Cape Town.

Gifts, such as baby items, in support of Kwasizabantu Mission were collected at the Cape Town Life Chain.

Country-Wide Life Chains
Cape Town: Sunday 5 October, 2:00 - 4:00pm. Buitengracht Street, near entrance to Waterfront. Contact: Africa Christian Action: 021 -689 4480 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

40 Days for Life – Cape Town – 40 day prayer vigil outside Maries Stopes abortuary, 91 Bree Street, Cape Town. Wednesday, 24 September to Sunday, 02 November 2014. Contact Colette Thomas for more info: 083 412 4936.

Durban: Sunday, 5 October, National March for Life, 2:30 - 4:00pm, corner of Centenary Blvd and Zenith Drive, near Gateway Mall, Umhlanga. Organised by the National Alliance for Life, Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 032 – 481 5550.

East London: Saturday, 4 October: 11:00-12:00, corner of Oxford Street and St Mathew's Roads. Contact Frans: 082 774 6649.

Bloemfontein:Daily from 6.30am to 10.30am from Saturday 4 Oct to Friday 10 Oct, outside the National District Hospital and Marie Stopes abortuary. Contact Faan Oosthuizen:083 265 9395.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8

Christian Action Network members have been campaigning for the right to life of pre-born babies since 1991.

For further details contact Christian Action Network co-ordinator, Taryn Hodgson: (021) 689 4480 or 072 215 4801 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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