Hundreds of people — most holding signs and some with heads bowed in prayer — lined a portion of Dodge Street from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to protest abortion.
They were part of Omaha's annual "Life Chain," one of hundreds of such events held in communities across the United States and in several other countries.
Between 600 and 900 people formed the Omaha chain, which ran along Dodge from about 68th Street to 84th Street, said Patrick Eberly, one of the organizers.
Their signs read "Abortion Kills Children," "Abortion Hurts Women" and "Adoption — The Loving Option."
Most of the participants stood alongside members of their own churches. More than 60 congregations, some schools and other organizations were represented, Eberly said.
Claire Hartford helped organize a group from Faith Bible Church, located near 27th and Hickory Streets, where her husband, the Rev. Denny Hartford, is a teaching pastor. Their group of 22 stood on the east corners of 72nd and Dodge Streets.
The demonstrators, who were typically quiet, sometimes were greeted by passing motorists who honked, signaled thumbs up or occasionally yelled an obscenity.
— Susan Szalewski