Tuesday, May 03, 2011

ABC WEDNESDAY"P"-Planned Parenthood-Protest and Counter-protests


On Good Friday, April 22nd, two groups protested in front of Planned Parenthood on Ford Parkway in St. Paul.  Police officers patrolled the area in front of the building; traffic was limited to one lane on either side of the boulevard.  The pro-life people marched with posters and religious icons while singing inspirational hymns.  The pro-choice people held up their own posters and hailed the passing motorists.  I was surprised at the number of marchers for both sides that showed up on a dreary, rainy day.  The assembled people on both sides were non-violent, thankfully.

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19 comments:

  1. Thank goodness this was a peaceful exchange of ideas and opinions. Whew.

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  2. This whole issue is a can't win one. I don't think I will express an opinion here.

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  3. Non-violent, yes please!

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  4. This is certainly a subject which can flare passions. Nice shots of the demonstrators on both sides.

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  5. Weekly demonstrations take place outside Planned Parenthood here in Sarasota. They've been going on for years. You never hear about them. Lots to write on this issue, but alas, the photo blogosphere really isn't a good arena for such debate. Nice captures!

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  6. You are brave to have ventured a post on this subject. I think Jack is wise to avoid starting a string of comments with people's views on that topic. After all, I live in Arizona and our Senator recently made a statement on the floor of the Senate about Planned Parenthood that proved to be so inaccurate that his office explained that his statement "was not intended to be a factual statement."

    We now have a new phrase to add to our popular culture and public discourse, similar to Ron Zigler's comment, when acknowledging that the Nixon White House was involved in the Watergate cover-up after all, that all prior White House statements on Watergate were "inoperative."

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  7. Good post on a very controversial subject. I'm not going to stir the pot with my feelings. I'm glad it was a non-violent demonstration. Violence dosen't gain anything.

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  8. I stand with Planned Parenthood! They do a magnificent job...

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  9. This is an interesting topic! And I am not afraid to share my point of view here or anywhere else. I don't see any reason why a protest of this sort would get violent. Who is going to physically fight about it? Why would people who want to stop abortions in an effort to save lives want to harm any other people in the process? That wouldn't make any sense, would it?

    Last week I read about Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia and their latest stunt of offering to mail condoms to children as young as 11 years old. Their name ought to be Anti-Parenthood since what they intend to do is circumvent parental involvement in their children's reproductive lives. I don't need a government agency to teach my children about sex. I have been as open and honest with them about it as I can be in an effort to keep them from making the same mistakes that I and so many people have already made. That is the loving thing to do and I do not believe that anyone at Planned Parenthood loves my kids or has their best interests at heart.

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  10. So glad it was peaceful. I'd be on the Planned Parenthood side.

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  11. Perfect Photo and item for the letter this week!

    Please come see the Paintings at my page.

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  12. Nice captures and like everyone else I am happy that it was peaceful.

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  13. yes, the Planned Parenthood in Albany, NY gets biweekly visits from opponents. or it did before it moved, so I don't know anymore.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  14. Glad to hear it was not violent! Emotions run high on these issues. And, unresolvable as far as achieving a win-win for both sides.
    Thought provoking post!

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  15. I'm glad it was peaceful. I'm another who would have been on the planned parenthood side.

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  16. This reminds me of what happened here before the national referendum years ago.

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  17. Peaceful is good. I'm for Planned Parenthood.

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  18. Thanks for your courage in posting about such a controversial issue. I especially like the portrait of the "escort." I too stand with Planned Parenthood and the excellent work they do to prevent abortion through family planning.
    HelenMac,
    ABC Wednesday Team

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