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A collection of Hardin County residents exercised their rights Sunday while seeking a right they feel is missing for a vulnerable population.
Local churches took part in the Life Chains event sponsored by the Right to Life Kentucky Heartland organization. Participants lined up along roadways in the county holding signs with assurances of help for pregnant women and pleas for abortions in the United States to cease.
Ed Cecil coordinates the local event, which generally includes about eight churches. Cecil joined Right to Life in 1973, when the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.
The Life Chains event serves as a “silent witness” to the rights of unborn children, Cecil said. Participants don’t engage with drivers or passers-by, but instead pray for the nation and unborn, “that they will be given protection under law, just as all are given protection.”
The event has been held locally for seven years, he said. They previously were held in larger cities in the state.
“We thought it would be a nice thing to do in the small towns in Kentucky,” he said.
Joyce Godfrey said the event and its participants want to show every person has a right to life.
“It’s just a very important issue that we’d like to see come to an end,” Godfrey said.
Ginny Ratliff hopes the event could stop just one person from seeking an abortion. This was her first year taking part in Life Chains.
“I’m just here to celebrate life,” Ratliff said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@