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Abortion debate takes to the streets in Pittsburg and Joplin

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Pro-life supporters lined  the streets of downtown Pittsburg for three blocks some were holding signs others sang and prayed. 
They're part of the  national life chain movement  across North America and Canada. The goal is to send a message to choose life instead of  abortion.

"We form a chain of people and we try to witness to the dignity and beauty of human life," said local organizer and Fr. Adam Keiter.   

"Its all about babies we believe life begins at conception that's the biggest message here and it's a blight  on our nation to kill babies in the womb," said pro-life supporter Gary Wheat
Members of Eastvue Baptist Church and other congregations made their stand on Rangeline in Joplin.
Some were even holding signs that suggest giving a child up for adoption  is a better option. 

"If these people don't want their children, they need to give up a life to someone that really cares," said Wheat.

"We don't want to be a message that divides but a message that speaks the truth and builds people up," said Fr. Keiter. 

This year,  in Pittsburg, those prayers were met with counter protestors who sent out a different message just a block away. 

"We're here  to say we need to keep abortion safe and legal," said pro-choice supporter Kathleen Nichols. 

About a dozen pro-choice supporters  along with members of the National Organization for Women stood at 4th and Broadway. 

"We know there're other opinions out there and we must stand up for what we believe in and what we believe in is what the U.S. Supreme Court says is constitutional, and that's a women's right to free choice," said Nichols. 

A large majority of Americans are pro-choice they respect women they trust women and they respect the supreme courts decision," said Laura Washburn.  

"We believe freedom is not what the society thinks freedom is we believe freedom is the power to do what one is created to do," said  Fr. Keiter. 

 

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