People lined Dodge Street from 60th to 90th Streets for the annual “life chain” to oppose abortion Sunday afternoon.
Participants held signs from 2 to 3 p.m. that said “Pray to End Abortion” and “Abortion Kills Children.” Some stood quietly while others recited prayers.
Organizer Patrick Eberly estimated that 1,200 people attended, representing more than 60 churches and organizations.
Omaha's “life chain” was one of hundreds of such events held in communities across the United States and in several other countries.
John Miller and his wife, Karen, members of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish, have participated in the “life chain” since the late 1980s.
He said the event is a way to bring the issue of abortion to the public's attention in a peaceful and prayerful manner.
Demonstrators in Omaha saw a mostly positive response from motorists. Drivers honked, waved and gave thumbs-up signs.
Most of the participants stood in groups formed by members of their churches, schools and other organizations, fanning out from 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Mark Capoun joined the chain with his wife and two children, who attend Skutt Catholic High School. He enjoyed seeing the support and involvement of youth in the event.
“Respecting life from conception to death should be the most important thing,” Capoun said.