The strong turnout of people lining both sides of Highway 30 in the Carroll County Courthouse area on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4, was a gratifying sight to Eugene Handlos, president of Carroll Area Iowans Life.
They were in the annual National Life Chain pro-life demonstration held throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Life Chain website says, “For 33 years, pro-life Christians all across the United States and Canada have publicly, prayerfully, and peacefully stood in prayer and repentance on behalf of legalized abortion each fall. From its small beginnings as a local witness in Southern California, the Life Chain has spread to more than 2,000 cities all over North America. The first Sunday of each October is National Life Chain Sunday.”
In Carroll, participants displayed signs with such messages as “Stop Abortion Now,” “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood,” “One Life Taken, Many Hearts Broken,” “We Are a Voice for the Voiceless” and “Life Is Beautiful.”
“I didn’t know with everything that’s going on with COVID how good a turnout we’d have,” Handlos said after the hour-long rally favored with sunny, 60-degree weather. “We had over 60-and-some people here. We actually ran out of signs, so that’s always good, and some people brought their own. We had three priests and people of all ages. We had some young school-age kids as well as adults.”
The youngest participant happened to be Handlos’ 4-month-old daughter. Joanna was born to Eugene and his wife, Megan, on May 27.
Handlos said strength behind the pro-life cause is particularly important with the election for president and other key offices just a month away.
“We want to support life and make sure that’s on people’s minds when they vote,” he said. “It’s an important issue. We’re for life from conception all the way to natural death.”
“I was really excited about the diversity of (the turnout),” Handlos continued. “Especially in an election year, it’s good that people are out here spreading the word. And it’s not just the presidential election, it’s every office all the way down. It’s always important that people are mindful of life being precious and sacred and that they have that in their values.”
Carroll Area Iowans for Life recently introduced a Facebook page with information about upcoming events.