Knoxville pro-life vigil draws hundreds

Knoxville pro-life vigil draws hundreds

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Law enforcement were on scene at the Pro-Life vigil to ensure the even flow of traffic around the area Law enforcement were on scene at the Pro-Life vigil to ensure the even flow of traffic around the area
Led by Cardinal Justin Rigali, they were in prayer for about an hour Led by Cardinal Justin Rigali, they were in prayer for about an hour
Hundreds gathered across from the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Cherry St. in what they described as an act of "peace, love and life Hundreds gathered across from the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Cherry St. in what they described as an act of "peace, love and life

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of East Tennesseans turned out Saturday for a pro-life vigil.

Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, they spent the morning praying for an end to abortion.

Attendees lined the streets for the vigil, which was held directly in front of Knoxville's Planned Parenthood clinic on North Cherry Street.

But organizers say they weren't there to cause a scene or hold a massive protest on the hot button issue of abortion.

They were simply there to pray.

"The power of prayer changes hearts. It's action. The last thing we would do is judge anybody but we're just in a prayerful witness, praying for an end to abortion," said Lisa Morris of Knoxville.

Led by Cardinal Justin Rigali, they were in prayer for about an hour.

"To pray for life and to pray for the protection of life," said Rigali.

They prayed not only that abortion would stop, but for comfort for the women and families who have already been through it.

"We have to protect life and anything that wounds, weakens or destroys life, there's no place for it," said Rigali.

"People that choose this are in for a big heartache later. Down the road, maybe it's a month, a year, 10 years or 20 years, there's a heartache that goes beyond words and I know firsthand from that," said Morris.

Much like other pro-life events they've held in the past, they say Saturday's vigil was not about passing judgement, but about spreading peace, love and life.

"Not just Catholic, but Baptist, Presbyterian and Jewish alike to show support of life. Life and love," said Mike Carlson of Knoxville. "I think we have an obligation to protect the unborn and the future generations."

"We're here to say we love you, we care, and we want what's best for you," said Morris. "Choose life. You will never regret choosing life."

6 News reached out to Planned Parenthood for comment on the vigil, but they have not released a statement at this time.

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