Anti-abortion protest planned Sunday

Abortion Statistics83 percent of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17 percent occur in developed countries.

52 percent of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25.

Never-married women account for 64.4 percent of all abortions.

Approximate number of abortions worldwide each year: 42 million.

Approximate number of abortions worldwide each day: 115,000.

Approximate number of abortions in the U.S. each year: 1.37 million.

Approximate number of abortions in the U.S. each day: 3,700.

The first Sunday of each October, the anti-abortion organization Life Chain holds international pickets protesting abortion throughout the world.

This year, more than 1,400 cities are expected to participate in the protest, and Victoria and Port Lavaca are among them.

Victoria native William Paul Tasin is organizing a peaceful Life Chain abortion protest from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the corner of North Navarro Street and Magruder Drive.

About 150 people are expected to attend the picket, holding posters reading "Abortion Hurts Women" and "Abortion Kills Children," Tasin said.

"My mother was a product of incest, and I was a product of rape," Tasin said. "In both cases, my mother could have been aborted, or I could have been aborted."

Life Chain is an evangelical Christian group that holds anti-abortion rallies in more than 1,400 cities worldwide. Last year, rallies were held in 1,450 cities and more than 1,700 locations.

Those protesting on Sunday are discouraged from verbal and physical responses to passers-by, and instructed to use their time on the picket line to quietly pray, repent and self-analyze.

Tasin said the issue of abortion is especially personal, and would like to see it outlawed.

"I was protesting abortion back in the '60s, before Roe. vs. Wade passed in the '70s," Tasin said. "I don't think most people realize abortion is legal in all stages of pregnancy."

Roe vs. Wade was a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized a woman's constitutional right to terminate pregnancy, placing more restrictive termination conditions on the later stages of pregnancy. Abortion restrictions on later stages of pregnancy can potentially be overturned by medical and health professionals at any time during the pregnancy.

Port Lavaca's Life Chain protest will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Donut Palace, 113 state Highway 35 N.

Port Lavaca's protest is in its sixth year, and is expected to draw about 75 people.