Pro-lifers linked in chain

October 05, 1997


Staff Writer

Rachel Kennedy, 19, didn't plan to become a mother so young and in the middle of her college education.

"It would have been real easy for me to consider abortion. I've been through the ringer and back," the Hagerstown woman said.

Kennedy brought her 8-month-old son Christopher to the sixth annual Life Chain on Sunday to give hope to other women who find themselves in such desperate situations.

About 350 people lined up along one side of Dual Highway in Hagerstown, holding signs like, "Abortion Kills Women," "Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation" and "Abortion Hurts Women."


There were no counter-demonstrators.

Most motorists didn't react to passing the lineup of solemn faces, although several drivers blew their horns and some gave the thumbs-up sign.

People in the lineup stood quietly with their signs. A few demonstrators softly sang hymns.

Their objective, they said, was to increase awareness about their position against abortion, which has been a woman's legal right since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

A pregnant Lisa Horchner, 31, stood at the edge of the Ames parking lot with an "Abortion Kills Children" sign.

She and her husband, Larry, have a 10-year-old daughter and didn't plan on having a second child. Lisa Horchner's heart problem made them especially nervous.

But the couple never considered abortion, she said.

"God had it all planned out for us," she said.

Mark Barnett, 34, of Hagerstown, organized the local link of the national Life Chain by sending letters to about 80 Washington County churches.

He felt compelled to become active in the anti-abortion movement after the birth of his daughter, Courtney, four years ago.

"I realized how precious life was," he said.

Kennedy said she was a good student before her pregnancy, but she wasn't very focused about the future. Having a child has made her more determined and more motivated to make something of her life.

She plans to obtain her paralegal certificate by May and study to become a court reporter, she said.

"I'm still very glad that I had my son. My life would be very different, very shallow," she said.

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