PLATTSBURGH — More than 150 people gathered on Smithfield Boulevard in Plattsburgh to stand up for the lives of unborn children Sunday afternoon.
The local portion of the National Life Chain was organized by Champlain Valley Right to Life, a non-denominational organization. Other Life Chain demonstrations were held Sunday around the country and in Canada, said Martin Mischenko, co-director of Champlain Valley Right to Life and pastor of Mountain Meadows Christian Center in Mineville.
Some demonstrators held rosaries as they silently prayed for an end to abortion.
And while opinions on the specifics differed within the group, their message was clear as they held signs visible to passing motorists that read “Abortion kills children” and “Abortion hurts women.”
Mischenko’s organization believes in the “right to life from conception to natural death,” he said.
These views were echoed by Nathaniel Hughey, 15, of Plattsburgh. “If the baby had a choice or it could say that it wanted to live, I think it would,” Hughey said as he faced Smithfield Boulevard holding an anti-abortion sign. Life Chain is the first anti-abortion event Hughey has participated in, he said. He described the experience as “exciting.”
Mischenko distributed papers from National Right to Life that outlined the stance of both presidential candidates.
“We’re not a political entity ... (but) we do advocate voting for a pro-life candidate,” Mischenko said.
As a Senate candidate in the mid ‘90s and as governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported pro-abortion rights in his political career. He has since changed his position and is now anti-abortion, as is his running mate, Paul Ryan.
“I’m here because abortion is the worst thing that’s going on in our country today,” said Ken Racette, 65, of Plattsburgh. Racette said he will vote for Mitt Romney in November.