by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2005
San Francisco, CA (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates across the nation marked the 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal on demand with rallies and events. In many states, gatherings focused on state legislature that would further protect unborn children by limiting abortions.
Thousands gathered to celebrate life in San Franciso, long the stomping grounds of the pro-abortion movement.
Those who rallied focused on how the pro-life message is more pro-woman and they carried signs saying, "Women Deserve Better Than Abortion."
"Abortion is not the emancipation of women," Sally Winn, the vice president of Feminists for Life told the large crowd. "Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women."
"When they ask us, ‘What about the woman,’ we will not say, ‘What about the baby?’ We will give them a good answer. We will say, ‘We refuse to choose between women and their children. We will fight for you who deserve better than abortion."
A large crowd of more than 2,500 pro-life people in Minnesota gathered at the state capitol to support the Positive Alternatives Act – legislation that would provide state grants to pregnancy centers that help women find alternatives to abortion.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined those in attendance and proclaimed the day the first every Sanctity of Human Life Day. He also announced that his state budget would include the Positive Alternatives Act.
"We want to give help and assistance to these women to choose a better alternative than abortion," Pawlenty stated.
Some 400 pro-life people gathered in Denver for a speech by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney. A flock of white doves was released as well as pink and blue balloons.
For those who attended, the fight for life is more than just about abortion.
"It’s about wanting respect for all life. It’s definitely bigger than just abortion," said Terry Haywood, who attended the rally with her children.
In South Dakota, pro-life state lawmakers gathered at the Alpha Center, an agency that helps pregnant women, and discussed legislation to make abortion illegal in the state.
"We can assure you that we will vote, and we will fight to get Roe Wade overturned and have a law that will not allow abortions, the killing of unborn children in the state of South Dakota," State Rep. William Earley told those gathered.
Jim Wieczorek, an adoptive father, said abortion alternatives exist and pro-life advocates should help women find them.
"This weekend, as millions of of people remember Roe V Wade, my wife and I remember the day we were told a beautiful little girl was coming to be our daughter, I will never forget that day, adoption is truly a miracle," he said.