BROKEN BOW—Residents of Custer County lined the sidewalks of Highway 2 in a prayerful demonstration on Sunday afternoon. From St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to Casey’s, more than 60 individuals, young and old, lined the highway holding signs for cars driving past. Signs included messages of “Abortion kills children,” “Adoption is the loving option,” and “Jesus Forgives and Heals.”
Seventeen-year-old Henry Fowler made his second appearance in the annual demonstration. He said he hopes drivers will take in the messages they see and think things over.
“Basically it’s kind of wrong to kill people. It kind of makes sense not to stop another beating heart, I think,” Fowler said.
Aiming to share the message that Jesus forgives and heals, Sheree Slagle wanted to let people know that the demonstration aims to give people comfort and encouragement. Slagle also said the goal is “to plant seeds of God’s love.”
Martha Cooper also aimed to plant seeds for people to think about.
“I don’t believe it is okay to murder other people. And I think that a lot of women and men make the decision to have an abortion and they don’t actually know the consequences or the pain and hurt it can inflict on their lives and on other people’s lives. I hope it just plants a seed that they would ask questions. Our goal isn’t really to offend people, but I hope that it does make a difference in their lives and that they actually see that and think about what’s happening in society,” Cooper said.
Slagle said the Custer County Life Chain began 25 years ago with 500 participants. No counter protesters were seen on Sunday afternoon.