International Life Chains Proclaim the Right to Life of the Pre-Born - 7 October 2012


Up to a million Christians in approximately 1 800 locations worldwide took part in the various Life Chains this 7 October, International Life Chain Sunday. A National March for Life, organised by the National Alliance for Life, took place in Umhlanga, Durban, with about 500 marching in the pouring rain.

About 100 Christians formed a Life Chain to proclaim the sanctity of life in Cape Town today. The Life Chain in Cape Town took place on the centre island of Buitengracht Street (near the entrance to the Waterfront). Life Chains also took place in 3 other cities in South Africa yesterday: Johannesburg, East London, and Bloemfontein.

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

According to official Department of Health statistics, 1 010 019 babies have been killed by abortion in South Africa since abortion-on-demand was legalised in 1997. Possibly millions more have been killed by illegal abortions.

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 Church is willing to help the Department of Health and Police crackdown on illegal abortionists who are endangering so many millions of women and babies’ lives. However, it is ludicrous when the police fine pro-lifers for taking action against these abortion posters but fail to arrest those are clearly contravening the law,” says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

Pro-life activist Peter Throp has been fined R2 500 for placing ‘Value Life’ stickers over illegal abortion posters in Cape Town. He has chosen not to pay the fine and will rather go to court on 12 November to defend his actions. He recommends that police use the RICA system to block the cell phones of illegal abortionists.

“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.”

The Life Chains recognise the abortion holocaust as one of the greatest evils being committed in the world today.

Cheryllyn Dudley, a Member of Parliament on the Health Portfolio Committee said at the Life Chain in Cape Town, “Without the Right to Life, all other human rights are meaningless. If South Africans who are pro-life want to have a voice in Parliament, they must ensure that they vote for pro-life parties at the next elections.”

"Life begins at conception. The pre-born baby is then genetically, physiologically and organically a distinct person. At about three weeks after conception the baby's heartbeat can be detected. Six weeks after conception the baby has its own lifelong brainwave.

 "When a nation devalues it's most helpless and innocent citizens and allows them to be slaughtered in their millions, it is no wonder that all other life is treated as cheap. It is an urgent priority for the Church to expose, oppose, and end this genocide of children made in the image of God,” says Hodgson.

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 20th Life Chain held in Cape Town.


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

“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. .

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