October 18, 2019

Respect Life Month: Hoosier Catholics standing up for life

By Natalie Hoefer

As Respect Life Month continues, The Criterion is featuring photos from Catholic communities around central and southern Indiana that either participated in Life Chain events on Oct. 6 or the 40 Days for Life fall campaign prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

Precipitation—or at least the threat thereof—didn’t hinder Hoosier Catholics from central and southern Indiana from standing up for life on Oct. 6.

“It rained off and on during the Life Chain,” said Patricia Louagie, the effort’s coordinator for Decatur County. “But everyone toughed it out.”

One week prior, it was not rain but sun that greeted members of All Saints Parish in Dearborn County as they prayed outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Cincinnati. The parish provided enough participants to fill all of the 40 Days for Life slots from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. the last weekend in September, ensuring a constant prayerful presence outside the abortion facility.

Among the participants were Dave and Holly Siegel and their two adopted children.

“We have been blessed by the gift of Riley and Mason and are forever grateful to their birth mother for choosing life,” said Holly. “When mothers are faced with the difficult decision of choosing abortion or adoption, we want them to know they are not ‘giving up’ anything at all, but rather giving the ultimate gift of love to their child and another family.”

Here are this week’s photos of Hoosier Catholics standing up for life.

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Photos: Respect Life Month: Hoosier Catholics standing up for life


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