Silent Protest Against Abortion in Laurel

Dozens of Laurel-area residents braved the afternoon heat for an hour today, taking a silent stand against abortion.

They stood along North 16th Avenue carrying various signs in protest of abortion.

Some read, "Stop All Abortion"...others read, "Abortion Hurts Women."

It was part of an annual, Respect Life "Life Chain."

It's a national event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Most of the silent protesters are members of Laurel's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

"Life is precious, and it's not man's choice to terminate life," said Richard Hollingsworth, one of the Life Chain participants.

"Abortion is wrong and we believe that life starts at conception," Hollingsworth said.

"It's really worth it, because you have to think about the voices that can't speak for themselves, the unborn babies," said Teresa Johnson, another Life Chain participant.

"And I've been raised as a Catholic to believe that abortion is just wrong and now, I believe that it's wrong," Johnson said.

At least two other Life Chain demonstrations were held in South in Biloxi and the other in Vancleave.