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Los Altos rallies mark Roe v. Wade anniversary

Pro-life walk, pro-choice rally draw hundreds to Los Altos

Hundreds of people with divergent views on abortion took to the streets of Los Altos Monday (Jan. 24) for a pro-life walk and a pro-choice rally.

Monday's events marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Participants in the 27th annual Pro-Life Prayer Walk met at St. Nicholas Church, at Lincoln Avenue and Sherman Street, and walked eight blocks through downtown to City Hall. The prayer walk also coincided with the 37th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which drew hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists.

"We want people to remember that what's involved is the life of a child. I think a lot of people don't realize that or they forget it," said Hubert Lipinski, an organizer of the Los Altos walk.

"The net result is that a quarter of the generation that is to be born is lost to abortion. It's quite disconcerting," he said.

The Prayer Walk was not intended to be a political statement but rather a moral one, Lipinski said.

"It's really a religious event. It has a very strong religious tone," he said.

Pro-choice activists were marching alongside the prayer walk but on the opposite side of the street. Activists met at the Los Altos Youth Center at 1 N. San Antonio Road at noon. The pro-choice rally was started in 2002 by the American Association of University Women in response to the prayer walk.

"We felt there needed to be a counterpoint to give people another option," organizer Lois Rosenblum said.

The pro-choice rally is a social statement, Rosenblum said.

"We stress education -- educating young women about their health," she said.

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— Bay City News Service

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Posted by lifer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I always wondered what "pro-life" means when they keep bombing women's health clinics and murdering doctors and nurses.


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Posted by Just-Sayin'
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

> I always wondered what "pro-life" means when they keep bombing
> women's health clinics and murdering doctors and nurses

The number of bombings, and killings of doctors who perform abortions is very small. The number of abortions that have been performed in the US since 1973 is around 48M. The number of people killed during WWII is thought to be about 55M.


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Posted by Pro Lifer
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The number of people who have caused harm at abortion clinics is miniscule compared to the number of people who call themselves pro life. There will always, unfortunately, be extremists who act outside what the majority feel is right.

Pro life means giving a chance of life for the unborn. It means giving those who are unable to speak for themselves a voice. It does not mean causing harm to those who promote abortion either by actively being involved in abortions or call themselves pro choice.

When a pregnant woman chooses abortion she is thinking of her own needs first and her unborn child second. She is often too upset and confused to think beyond her immediate circumstances. Pro life means helping her see other options for herself and her child and for remembering that every pregnancy involves an unborn child as well as herself.

Extremists abound in all areas of life. Classing all who believe in life as extremists is just as wrong in this debate as in any other.


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Posted by Joke
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

The idea of banning abortion is a complete joke to me.

The possibility to terminate an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy (at least in the earlier stage of pregnancy) is the best thing that could possibly happen for the future of the human race. Am I the only one that recognizes that the world population is unsustainable? What goes up must go down, so if we don't mitigate this problem ourselves in a peaceful way (namely abortion) then this will have to happen the hard way (by way of climate catastrophe).

Also abortion reduces crime. Read the book Freakonomics, it will explain why.

I can't believe we live in what we think of as an advanced society yet there are still people out there who don't support abortion or who don't believe in evolution. What jokes.


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Posted by Just-Sayin'
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

> I can't believe we live in what we think of as an advanced society
> yet there are still people out there who don't support abortion or
> who don't believe in evolution. What jokes.

While evolution is a scientific theory that is subject to change, abortion is a hard fact.


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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

As Americans each of us is very fortunate to have the right to his or her own religious beliefs. Each of us can make a personal decision about when human life starts. There is no scientific definition of this. Other than a live birth, it is and will remain a personal belief.

A woman's choice to abort means that each woman can consider her own health, safety, life, and other personal considerations. Choice means that a woman's right to decide what happens to her body supercedes the interest of a cell mass.

For those that are Pro Life, you may choose your path, but thanks to Roe v. Wade, you may not choose my path!


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Posted by pro-choice
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Are these the same pro-lifers that are against sex education, the use of condoms and the teaching of safe sex in schools?
Which organized religion is one of the leaders in the pro-life movement? It is the catholic church isn't it? Shouldn't they be the last organization to be lecturing us on what is right and wrong and what people should and should not be doing?
BTW, Sally's comments are correct also.


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Posted by Just-Sayin'
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

> Are these the same pro-lifers that are against sex education,
> the use of condoms and the teaching of safe sex in schools

So how's that working out?

Web Link

Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before.
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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

Yes,Just-Sayin', I agree.

It amazes me that since Roe v. Wade, since the "war on poverty" with Great Society programs for aid to dependent children and welfare, the percentage of kids growing up in single-mother poverty has skyrocketed, and the percent of minority teens and adults in prison for violent crimes no longer fits the percentage in the general society, as it did BEFORE these 2 "wonderful" compassionate ideas.

Methinks it is time to re-think what is compassion in this nation...something tells me it ISN'T paying uneducated girls to have babies, and it ISN'T telling everyone that one life can decide to take another. Both lead to a denigration of our humanity.

We are upside down in all ways.


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Posted by Been there
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I'm against abortion, but very much in favor of my right to make that choice for myself. One group that never weighs in on this subject is the children themselves. As the adult child of two parents who were not allowed an abortion, but didn't want children, I assure you that being born to such people is a nightmare from which I will never awake. You 'pro lifers' might benefit humanity far more if you considered the incredible suffering of a child who finds she has intruded on people who consider her a burden. As one such child, let me assure you that I would have chosen the brief pain of this option over the many years I spent suffering at their hands. In preventing people from releasing their unfortunate children from a miserable existence, you cause an exponential increase in the suffering of your fellow human beings. Shame on you for your simplistic, judgmental, mindless meddling in other people's lives. And thank you with all my heart to the wonderful pro choice marchers.


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