International Life Chains Proclaim Right to Life of the Pre-Born (6 October 2013)


Up to a million Christians in approximately 1 800 locations worldwide took part in the various Life Chains this 6 October, International Life Chain Sunday. A National March for Life, organised by the National Alliance for Life, took place in Umhlanga, Durban, with about 1200 marching.

About 100 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.  

According to official 2011 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).

“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. Earlier this year Marie Stopes Abortion Chain launched their Blue Light Campaign to target schools and universities with their pro-abortion message. Pro-life groups will therefore be stepping up their efforts to educate youth on the scientific facts about the development of the pre-born and the physical and psychological after-effects of abortion,” says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network.

“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.

"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 21st 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 6 October, 2:00 - 4:00pm. Buitengracht Street, near entrance to Waterfront. Contact: Africa Christian Action: 021- 6894480, 072 215 4801.


Cape Town 40 Days for Life: 25 September – 3 November, 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil outside Marie Stopes abortuary, 91 Bree Street, Cape Town. Contact Colette Thomas: 083 412 4936.


Paarl: 25 September – 3 November, 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil outside Paarl Hospital. Contact Charlene Thomson: 082 898 0134.


Durban: Sunday, 6 October, National March for Life, 2:30 - 5:00pm, meet at Sharks Board Parking Lot, 1A Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga. Organised by the National Alliance for Life, Contact: Pastor Aaron Munsamy: 083 976 1847.


East London: Saturday, 5 October, 11:00am – 12:30. Meet on the corner of Oxford Street and St Matthew's Road, around the corner from Marie Stopes abortuary. Contact Frans 082 774 6649 or Judy 043 - 726 9900.


Bloemfontein: Saturday, 5 October, 8:00am - 12:00. Outside Marie Stopes abortuary, Huguenote Street, Wilgehof. Contact: Faan Oosthuizen, 083 265 9395.


Port Elizabeth:  Saturday,19 October, 10:00 – 14:00, Contact Tony Fortuin: 083 265 2828.


“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 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 [email protected] - 021-689-4481 -
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