More than 200 people lined U.S. 41 in Naples between Fifth Avenue South and Pine Ridge Road for an hour Sunday, sending a pro-life message for Life Chain, a national movement to end abortion.
Among those participating was Anne Newsam, a 52-year-old mother of two. Newsam understands first-hand what it is like to choose abortion.
She was 18 years old and at a doctor's office for a shot against German measles. The doctor asked her if she was pregnant. She said no, but she was wrong. She decided to terminate the pregnancy, using the measles shot as validation for her choice. She didn't tell her mother until years later.
"I can tell you what happened from the beginning to the end of that day, " said Newsam. "It does not go away."
At age 22 she became pregnant again and decided she would never have another abortion. Her baby was a boy. She named him Eric Alan and gave him up for adoption.
"I, too, am adopted," said Newsam. "I thank that young lady (who gave birth to me)… she was just like I was."
Newsam thinks holding the anti-abortion signs on the street is worth it if she can reach one person to not make the decision she made.
Many people honked their horns as they drove, waved or flashed a thumbs up.
But not all were so supportive of the "Abortion Kills Children" signs.
"I think I just got the finger," said Sharon Kaylor, 65. "That wasn't very nice."
Sunday was Kaylor's first time participating in an anti-abortion protest. With her was her grandson Cody Bunch, 4, who helped her hold the sign.
John Musca, 38, an attorney who does not have children, also showed up to hold a sign in the median near Third Avenue North in Naples.
"I'm not a woman and I don't have the ability to get pregnant, so how can I say abortion is wrong?" asked Musca rhetorically. "Because I'm alive and know what it's like to be alive — life is wonderful, precious and sacred — that's why I can comment about defending life."
The turnout for the event was disappointing to Joe Hennessy, 77, the president of the Naples Pro-Life Council. He remembers the first Life Chain event in Naples more than 20 years ago. He says the street was full of supporters then.
"One word: football," said Hennessy. "It's a lazy Sunday during football season and people are at home."
Instead of dwelling on how many people weren't at this year's event, he prefers to think about how dedicated those are who did attend.