Annual Prayer Chain along Centennial Oct. 3

       In conjunction with the annual Life Prayer Chain, a national pro-life event, a coalition of local churches and organizations plans to line the 1 ½-mile stretch of sidewalk on Centennial Boulevard from Fillmore Street to Garden of the Gods Road Sunday, Oct. 3, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
       According to spokesperson Stephanie Kemp, the location was chosen because of its proximity to the Centennial Health Building, 3480 Centennial Blvd. - the recently established Westside location of Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions.
       “This stand of solidarity by Pikes Peak area Christians will vividly proclaim abortion to be gravely wrong and will confirm, publicly, that local churches steadfastly oppose the killing of preborn children as well as the exploitation of their mothers by the abortion industry,” a press release from Kemp states.
       She elaborated in a follow-up e-mail that “all people of faith are encouraged to come and pray for the hour… and to avoid any confrontations with passersby in cars and on the sidewalk.”
       Locally, the annual event has been held in different places in the past, including outside the former Planned Parenthood site on West Colorado Avenue. Last year it was on Academy Boulevard between Austin Bluffs and Union, she said.
       The national Life Prayer Chain typically gets participation from 1,000 cities, Kemp said. In past years the local event had been organized by the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs; this year the group is called the Pikes Peak Life Prayer Chain Coalition, but area pro-life leader Bill Carmody of the Diocese is still involved, she said.
       PPRM officials do not deny that abortions are performed at the Westside facility, but have argued that they represent only 7 percent of the private agency's reproductive-care services.
       For more information 481-4355.

Westside Pioneer/press release