As they have for more than three decades, Texans gathered on the first Sunday in October to publicly stand and pray for life, joining thousands of pro-lifers across the state and country participating in the 35th National Life Chain.

Each year since 1987, Life Chains have formed in cities nationwide to make a public, prayerful, and peaceful stand for the sanctity of life.

“Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness of pro-life participants standing in remembrance of 62 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our nation, for people in crisis situations, and for a permanent end to abortion,” says Texas Director Sharron Albertson.

“It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children, hurts women and men, and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death.”

This year, about 140 Life Chains formed in Texas, with nearly 20 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Susan Sutton and her husband, Bishop Ray Sutton, were among more than a dozen people participating in Far North Dallas.

They’ve been a part of almost every year’s Life Chain, and their church offers a special ministry that provides life-affirming support and resources.

“All life is sacred, from conception to natural death,” Susan told Texas Scorecard. “That’s what we’re standing for and praying for here.”

“Life is valuable to God,” she said. “It should be valuable to all.”

While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, pro-life struggles remain.

“Even though Roe v. Wade has been sent back to the states for now, there are still people in crisis situations,” Albertson said. “They are searching for help.”

As one Life Chain participant noted Sunday, “The job is not done.”

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.