Life Chain holds anti-abortion rallies across Port City

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Submitted: Mon, 10/03/2011 - 2:14am
Updated: Mon, 10/03/2011 - 2:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Sunday afternoon, Wilmington joined more than 1,400 cities as a site for an pro-life rally.

The event is called Life Chain, and it’s in its 21st year. Life Chain is one of the nation’s largest pro-life rallies. People who participated say it’s a way to communicate their opposition to abortion.

“We’re not standing against abortion,” said Deborah Benson, a spokeswoman for Life Chain. “We’re not throwing condemnation or guilt on anybody. It’s not where our hearts are. Our hearts are to give a voice to the babies who don’t have a voice.”

Life Chain participants stood along busy street at three different locations in Wilmington from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


  • ILM NATIVE says:

    every time I pay my taxes…as do all American taxpayers. It’s called WIC, ADC, etc.

  • Guest3 says:

    If I misunderstood your post, I apologize. Your post sounded to me like it was condemning me because you thought I would only adopt Anglo-Saxon children. That sounded to me like you were calling me a racist, which I am not. So again, if I misunderstood your post, I apologize.

    I do agree that far too many people adopt within their own race, which leaves many non-white children unadoptable. However, I can also see why some people choose to do that because they think a child should be raised within its own culture. To me, it’s a child, no matter what race, and they should all have a chance at a wonderful life.

    Adoption is not for everyone, and I applaud you for raising two happy, healthy, and well cared for children. If everyone would do that, we wouldn’t have so many children needing to be adopted.

    If you think I was looking down my nose at you, please know that is not true. I was simply responding to what I believed was an attack on my morals.

    I thank you for your military service and realize the sacrifices your family must have had to make during that time.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    ….and I’d say that your morals are just fine.

    I just wanted to emphasize that adoption isn’t a practical solution considering the numbers of babies being born, and even forgot to mention my concern over the quality of life that any child would receive if he or she was adopted out of social/religious obligation, rather than sincerely wanting the child as a part of your family.

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    Well Guest3, first of all I’m a guy, not a lady, though I do have a husband. Your argument is idiotic anyway. If my parents had decided to abort me I wouldn’t be here, wouldn’t have an opinion nor would I ever have. It’s a pointless argument to give. How many children have you adopted guest3? How many unwanted babies do you support and care for?

  • Guest3 says:

    (1) My viewpoint is only “idiotic” because you don’t agree with it. We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our own opinion.

    (2) Your argument only copied what I said in my original post, that if your parents had decided to abort you, you wouldn’t be here to even give an opinion. Couldn’t come up with something original all on your own without my helping you along?

    (3) Actually, I have 2 biological children and 2 adopted, thank you very much for asking. My 2 adopted children weren’t “unwanted”. Their mothers were too young and didn’t have the financial means to raise their child to adulthood. They wanted their children, but they knew that they couldn’t provide for them and didn’t want to be a burden on their families. They cared that their children had a good home and be provided for. They knew that they didn’t want to murder their babies. Their babies have had a very happy and fulfilling life, and they are just as much mine as my own biological kids. I love them all.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    ….are darling little White Anglo-Saxons, right?

    Who do you think adopts the hundreds of thousands of Black and Latino babies born to young girls every year?

    Answer? Statistically, no one.

    They get raised by their dirt-poor mothers, grandmothers, or get dumped into Foster care. They have higher than average rates for dropping out, substance abuse, criminal activity, sexual promiscuity, depression, and suicide….

    …but we really need them to be born and suck us dry, right?

    It’s totally ludicrous to think that every “accident” can be taken care of by adoption. There are simply too many being born. Trust me – the Hyde Amendment is doing just as much to bankrupt this nation as any whacko liberal entitlement.

    Oh, it also insures that by 2052, Whites will be a minority in this country. Now I don’t particularly care about that because color, per se, doesn’t concern me – education and social class do. I have to question the future survival of this nation if the majority of voters are ignorant, loaded, depressed/suicidal criminals, whatever their color.

    Thankfully, I’ll be dead by then…

  • Guest3 says:

    You’re partially right…one is an Anglo-Saxon and one isn’t. I can’t adopt every baby and every nationality born in this world. I can only do my small part to the best of my ability. How many kids have YOU adopted…black, Latino, or otherwise? I’ll bet NONE.

    It’s all too easy to sit back and complain about this, that, and the other. But until you have done something to change things, YOU are exactly what you are complaining about. If everyone who thinks like you would get up off their lilly white a$$e$, get involved, and adopt or sponsor a child, things could be a whole lot better than they are now, and it could change the world. But I guess it’s easier to keep sitting in your big fat computer chair and launch complaints against the people who are REALLY making a difference.

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  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    Well Guest3, all I can say is that you are in the decided minority. The VAST majority of those who I see picketing and demanding and end to abortion have no adopted children. They want the children born, but want to shirk all responsibility when it comes to paying for them, including adoption, welfare, etc…

    As far as your other challenge, I honestly can’t give you a better answer than I simply wouldn’t care if my parents had aborted me…if that were the case I wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be having this discussion. They didn’t, so I’m here. You can’t ask someone to argue something that is completely out of their control. That is synonymous to saying I don’t like gun control because i’ve never been shot!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Point that out, please….

    I think it’s admirable that you adopted two children. I simply pointed out that there are far too many children out there who could be adopted but aren’t because “they’re not my kind.” Check out the waiting list for a healthy White infant and then compare it to the waiting list for a healthy Black infant.

    As far as why I haven’t adopted any children, I felt that two children were sufficient. (There have been times I felt they were MORE than sufficient.) My children never wanted for anything and they likely never will. Those two children were my responsibility, and I handled that. No one else’s child is my responsibility.

    We each do what we can. You adopted two children, I spent twenty-two years traveling away from home incessantly, going to war, and watching my first marriage fail so that your four children could grow up in a free country. So please don’t look down your nose at me, because I wasn’t that rude to you.

    I’m simply a big advocate of everyone taking care of their own offspring….and taking the financially sound choice to avoid offspring if that’s their best option.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    We each owe an extra five bucks to a worthy cause this week.

  • obummerguy says:

    LOL? laughing about abortion is not funny. you mention the economy. maybe if someone had not aborted a child for birth control reasons (most abortions are for this reason), that child could have grown up to be president of the united states and could have solved our economic problems instead of the child we have running the nation now. by the way, obama said as state senator that if a baby is born alive during an abortion, it should be allowed to die, or we are one step away from making abortion illegal. yes, he really said that. you probably voted for him. obummer.

  • GuestSad says:

    Lol, with the economy the way it is, jobless rates through the roof, stocks plummeting, quality of life dwindling, this is what people are worried about? Who would want to bring a baby into this world? It’s horrible and wretched. Everyone’s priorities are in the wrong place. How about raising quality of life before worrying about abortion? Also, a friend of mine was raped and got impregnated, should she be meant to carry her rapers baby for 9 months, a constant reminder of the rape for 9 months, and then what? Adoption? “Hey, I was raped, do you want my rapers baby? K, thanx.” Get a clue.

  • Truly sad says:

    What your comment conveys about your heart is truly sad, so your name “Sad” is truly appropriate. Any woman who has been raped has gone through a horrible experience. But to kill an innocent child, instead of caring for the gift of children is what is truly sad. Children brin great joy to people. I feel sorry for you and your misguided perception of children.

  • Guestuncw11 says:

    You said it yourself, its a BABY! It’s not the baby’s fault that she was raped. The baby didn’t deserve to die. That is just selfish to kill an innocent baby because it was the product of a rape. Get a clue yourself. Tell your friend thanks for killing who might have been our next president, and tell your mom thanks for not aborting you…..seriously EVERYONE else’s priorities are in the wrong place?! Yeah, lets worry about the economy BEFORE we worry about people having a moral compass. K, thanx. And yes, somebody would have given that baby a very good, happy, loving life…even if it was the product of a rape.

  • April says:

    Wow you need prayers. Justifying the murder of the most innocent children with a bad economy that is twisted. If you don’t want to get pregnant don’t have sex. Abortion is not birth control. In the case of rape, I am the wrong person to ask or answer that question, but I suggest looking up Rebecca Kiessling for guidance. A child is a child no matter how small. It is proved by science as well as the Bible that life begins at conception. I hope you find peace for your broken soul before you are lost forever.

  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    It’s a shame more teen mothers and unexpected pregnancies aren’t terminated. It would likely decrease the amount of our ever growing population on this planet, not to mention the amount of parents who have children than cannot afford. I would love to know how many of these people out on their chain gang have adopted unwanted babies. I would imagine NONE…

  • Guest3 says:

    What if your parents had decided you weren’t planned, so you had to be terminated?

    Then you wouldn’t be here to debate this “silly waste of time”, your husband would have married someone else, and your children would have never been born….but, hey, it would have “decrease(d) the amount of our ever growing population on this planet”. Right?

  • virgogirl says:

    Just drop them off on your door step.

  • GuestLulz says:

    “It’s not the baby’s fault that she was raped.”
    I guess you missed the point. The reason for the pregnancy was the fact that she was raped. You would carry around your rapers baby for 9 months? Would you give birth and raise the rapers baby as your own? Watching it grow into the person that raped you? Looking like your raper, reminding you every day of the time that you were raped? I’m sure you have buckets of money laying around for the doctors bills, the hospital visits, the prenatal vitamins, the healthy diet, but my friend doesn’t have that luxury. She makes too much to be on welfare and to get government help, but doesn’t make enough to pay for health insurance. Let me know if you want to toss some money our way.

    “Tell your friend thanks for killing who might have been our next president, and tell your mom thanks for not aborting you…”

    I will tell my friend “Thanks for killing who might have been the next Hitler.”

    “Yeah, lets worry about the economy BEFORE we worry about people having a moral compass.”
    I guess it’s better to raise a baby in hell than to send it to heaven? Good job looking out for the baby’s best interest. I guess instead of being aborted while it’s a fetus, it would be better to starve to death after it’s born.

    “K, thanx. And yes, somebody would have given that baby a very good, happy, loving life…even if it was the product of a rape.”
    Maybe we should let all rapers mate, that way our population is flooded with genetic disposition of rapers. Do you think people that commit crimes like rape just do it for fun? You don’t think they have some kind of genetic disposed imbalance? Look up stats on people convicted of rape and their family tree’s. I’m sure you’ll see a pattern.

  • Guestuncw11 says:

    That would be great! I would be glad to take in unwanted babies, and give them new homes. Feel free to drop them off with me. At least they wont be DEAD. Have you ever seen what actually happens during an abortion? How about a partial birth abortion? Partial birth means that the baby is half born. They leave the baby’s head inside of the mother, then stick scissors inside its brain and kill it. Sound fun to you? Just because the baby can’t talk? So drop all the babies off on my doorstep. I’ll love them. So will millions of other loving people in this country.

  • Guestuncw11 says:

    Here’s an even better idea, lets talk to someone who has given birth to a baby after she was raped. Then ask her if she lives in hell everyday when she has to look at her baby. BTW, I was one of those teenage mothers, who turned out just fine. I got married, had more children, even finished high school. I don’t live off of the system, my husband has a good paying job, and my now teenager is on the way to living a very productive life. Thats a lot more than I can say for today’s youth. So what I experienced back then, actually taught me what really matters in life. I feel guilty at the memory of even considering abortion as an option or a way out back then. I would have lived a life of regret. Instead I have this beautiful child to remind me of what this life is all about. To bad you have yet to figure that out. I hope you do.

  • Guest-o says:

    To everyone that keeps saying its a child or a baby. Its not. At the point where an abortion were to take place, it is nothing but a few cells that have barely begun to form in to anything. In fact you would not be able to see it with the naked eye. And you cannot use the bible for evidence, that was written by man. And science def does not prove your point. Lastly for all those opposed to stem cell research, do some research on it. Stem cells can be obtained in many ways, not just with aborted fetuses, in fact its not even in the fetal stage. They can be obtained even after a normal birth. So instead of fighting stem cell research fight the way it is obtained and let the scientific break throughs continue.

  • slickness says:

    A few cells not visable to the naked eye? You must really be out of touch, late term abortions are performed every day. Ever heard of partial birth abortion?

  • Guest20 says:

    So….if your mama chose to abort you when you were a cell, you would agree with her decision, right?

  • Guesties says:

    “But to kill an innocent child, instead of caring for the gift of children is what is truly sad.”

    I guess you’re one of the people that don’t believe in Postpartum Depression. Sounds like a real good time there.

    “Children brin great joy to people.”
    Too bad they can’t bring better spelling to you.

    “I feel sorry for you and your misguided perception of children.”
    It’s not just children that I have disdain for, it’s misguided adults that try to govern what other people can and can’t do to their own bodies. If I want to get an abortion, I should be able to. It’s my body, not yours. It’s my fetus, not yours. It’s my decision, not yours. I say, mind your own business.

  • TheAnswerIsClear says:

    “if your mama chose to abort you when you were a cell, you would agree with her decision, right?”

    What a dumb question. If my “mama” aborted me, I wouldn’t be around to agree with anything. I also wouldn’t be here to listen to people griping about non-issues. This is my body, I should be able to do to it as I please. If my mom had aborted me, it would have saved me from this world filled with war, poverty, greed and hate. I wish I would have been aborted.

  • GetReal says:

    “maybe if someone had not aborted a child for birth control reasons (most abortions are for this reason), that child could have grown up to be president of the united states and could have solved our economic problems instead of the child we have running the nation now.”

    Or that child could be the next Hitler or Stalin. You never know.

  • JustSayin says:

    Where in the Bible does it say “life begins at conception.”? I thought life began when God breathed into the nostrils of some dust and named it Adam. Why believe in an ancient text that’s based on stories told verbally for hundreds of years before being written down? Your God made a bet with Satan and let Satan punish Job so that Job would denounce God. What kind of God would play childish games like these? Your God commanded Abraham to kill his son, and then when Abraham was about to do so, he told him it was for the lulz. Your God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would not let God’s people go, instead of softening his heart without plagues to let God’s people go. Your God sent himself to Earth to be born to a virgin and to be sacrificed so that he could change his own rules. Abortion has nothing to do with religion. As for Rebecca, only few are so ridiculous that they would carry around a reminder of being raped for 9 months, then raise the baby that has the same genetics as the person that raped her, growing up, looking like her raper, acting like her raper, raping other innocent people… Good thinking.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Why are so many of my fellow conservatives so willing to demand that all babies be allowed to enter this world, but so unwilling to care for them after they do?

    I can’t understand this sudden disconnect from Christianity after they are born. You want them to be born to mothers who aren’t mentally or financially capable of raising a child, but then join me in complaining when your tax dollars pay for their TANF, EBT cards, Medicaid, WIC, etc. If you’re good Christians, believing in the sanctity of life, shouldn’t you be selling everything you have and willingly giving the money to the poor? Shouldn’t you support the programs I mentioned as wonderful. noble causes?

    Where’s the breakdown? Where’s the sudden divorce from Christian values? You’re not fiscally conservative while they’re in the womb, but the minute they’re born you turn into Milton Friedman. “I’ve got mine. F*** you!”

    For God’s sake, at least be consistent. I don’t want to support these loser deadbeats any more than you do, but the easiest way to avoid supporting them is to avoid their birth. Yes, abstinence and birth control would be preferrable to abortion, but people are going to have sex and many can’t even read the instructions on the birth control container.

    So you punish them and your wallet by forcing them to have a child that no one wants? It’s totally illogical. Pay $800 to abort the baby now instead of several hundred thousand to support it for the rest of its life….and if you’re not willing to pay to support it for the rest of its life, then it can be argued that you’re not that devout a Christian. Christ condemned the accumulation of wealth, but consistently pushed taking care of the poor, weak, and sick. By forcing babies to be born to poor, uneducated women you are insuring an ever-growing supply of poor people that Christ wants you to care for.

    In closing, let me assure you that I have no problem using the term “abort the baby.” That’s exactly what abortion is – murdering a baby – but I can live with that after seeing the hell that many of them enter upon birth.

  • Guest3 says:


    Actually, we DO care for them in many different ways. We are, of course, unable to adopt every child, but we support them heavily through various ministries, churches, and charitable organizations, as well as through our taxes. I adopted 2 children myself, in addition to my 2 biological children.


    Where did you ever get the impression that Jesus condemned the accumulation of wealth for Christians? Just the opposite. There are numerous scriptures that support the fact that God wants his people (Christians) to prosper, such as:

    Psalm 23:1, Psalm 112:1-3, Proverbs 3:10, Proverbs 10:4, Proverbs 10:22, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 62:7, Malachi 3:10-11, John 10:10, Romans 3:16, Romans 5:16-17, Romans 8:15-17, II Corinthians 8:9, II Corinthians 9:6-11, Galatians 3:1-29, Galatians 4:1-6, Galatians 6:7-8, Ephesians 1:12-21, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 4:3-11, I Peter 5:7

    God wouldn’t have commanded Christians to support the poor and needy if He didn’t give us the means to do so.


    Jesus said that “the poor you will have with you ALWAYS”. He realized that there will always be those who use poor judgment and will have babies out of wedlock or babies they couldn’t afford, but He loves them too, and He tells Christians to help provide for them.


    I agree that abortion is murder. Those babies enter that hell because (1) their parents made a poor decision; and (2) not enough people care, are able to afford, or are willing to bring another child into their home environment. That’s just not a good enough reason, to me, to murder a baby when there are so many other options available.

    Thank you for asking those questions. I hope that I helped clarify some of what you asked.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …and not enough charity. If there had been, that idiot Johnson wouldn’t have needed his “War on Poverty” or “Great Society” and we wouldn’t be going bankrupt as a nation right now.

    Encourage reproductive responsibility – allow abortion when responsibility fails.

    (BTW, don’t think I didn’t notice the convenient shift from what “Christ said” to what “God wants.” With the exception of John, every other reference you provided pre-dated or post-dated Christ. Look for the red verses – they’re the most important.)

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