ST. GEORGE – Pro-life and pro-choice groups gathered to protest and raise awareness for their beliefs and views in front of Planned Parenthood in St. George on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case which legalized abortions.
The Affirmation of Choice Gathering and the Stand for Life Gathering stood outside of Planned Parenthood Tuesday, with each gathering holding up signs expressing their beliefs for cars passing by on Bluff Street.
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In support and opposition, respectively of Roe v. Wade, “Affirmation of Choice” demonstrators feature Wendy Worthington and Dorothy Engelman, “Stand for Life” demonstrators feature John Sullivan and Wes Lounsbury. In front of Planned Parenthood, St. George, Utah, Jan. 22, 2013 | Videocast by Sarafina Amodt, St. George News
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One sign from the pro-choice side read: “If you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a child?” Drivers heading north on Bluff Street would first see this sign and then down the line they would read another sign from the pro-life side urging them: “Protect the innocent.”
“I just believe that somebody has to stand up for the innocent and for the weak in this world,” Crystal Sullivan, from the pro-life side, said, “and if it’s not me, then who?”
On the pro-choice side, Dorothy Engelman said, “I think it’s a very important issue for women to have reproductive freedom and we need to remind all generations of that.”
Engelman, who wrote the letter calling the community to join in the “Affirmation of Choice” demonstration, is the current chair of Washington County’s Democratic Party; although, her call to action in this incident was done in her own personal capacity, not on behalf of the party. She also said the reason she was there was to let others in the community who support reproductive rights know that they are not alone.
John Sullivan, Crystal Sullivan’s husband, who wrote the letter calling the community to join in the “Stand for Life” demonstration, is a pastor at Cross Point Christian Fellowhip. He said his reasons in protesting were related to his religious views that life begins at conception and must be protected.
Roe v. Wade Background
Jane Roe was an unmarried, pregnant woman, who lived in Texas where it used to be illegal to have an abortion, except for in medical reasons to save the life of the mother. She was unable to have an abortion because her life was not endangered by carrying on her pregnancy.
As held by the court, the right of privacy under the 14th Amendment is broad enough to support a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. Hence, it legalized abortions as well as granting rights to birth control and the right for women to choose when and how they reproduce.
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