2021 Life Chain Sunday gatherings held in Lander, Riverton

2021 Life Chain participants stretch down Main Street in Lander (County 10 Photo)

(Fremont County, WY) – The 2021 National Life Chain Sunday was yesterday, October 3rd, with around 130 combined participants between Lander and Riverton.

Life Chain was founded in 1987 and “is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 90 minutes, praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.”

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Riverton had a record number of participants, 28 in all, that stood along Federal Boulevard on the west side of City Park, shared Karl Falken, Riverton Life Chain coordinator. Approximately 100 gathered in Lander along Main Street stretching from 1st to S. 10th streets, with the majority between 2nd and 6th.

“It’s not about being confrontational,” shared Janet Blackford, Lander Life Chain organizer. “It’s about caring for people, women, men and children. We’re not trying to fight against something, we are for all of them.”

Karl shared that two notable attendees in Riverton were House District 34 Representative Pepper Ottman, and Marissa Joy Selvig, who is running for U.S. House Representative for Wyoming.

“I believe that these little ones [children who have been aborted] are with the Lord,” Pepper explained to Karl. “My burden is for the men and women who will never know their child.”

Marissa shared with Karl, “The life of the child is the most precious gift we have from God. That makes abortion among the most wicked of all crimes.”

40 Days for Life is also underway in Lander right now which worked in conjunction with the Life Chain.

“We’re all doing this together,” said Karen Wetzel, 40 Days for Life organizer. “Even though we have two different signs; we all stand for the same thing.

“We just want to help people. We don’t want them to feel like they have to be angry at us for being out here. We’re asking just for them to come over and talk to us and not be angry; because if they’re angry we can’t get anything done.”

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