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Protesters mark Roe v. Wade anniversary





A somber group of approximately 70 people braved 37 mph winds Saturday and proceeded downtown ahead of the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

Wednesday will mark 41 years since the nation's top court handed down a decision that has divided politics for generations. Community members held a series of prayer services that began at St. Joseph Catholic Church, traveled to the courthouse and concluded across the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic on 12th Street.

"ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN," read signs carried by participants.

A banner featuring a baby stated, "My doc says I could smile before I was born - 12 weeks from conception."

Judy Schuler, freshman and junior religion teacher at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, said 35 students are traveling to Washington this week for the national March for Life. They will join hundreds of thousands of people who seek to commemorate the ruling and reflect on abortion's impact on lives and society.

The memorial march Saturday served as reminder for the pro-life movement's national event. The prayers sought to inspire legislators and abortion promoters to stop the practice.

"I just believe that we need to speak for these babies that are being killed, and pray for and bring about a change in people's hearts that we can no longer just keep killing our offspring," Schuler said.

Bridget Heimann, a freshman at TMP, said the argument from pro-choice advocates that women should be allowed to exercise their right of choice is wrong.

"I don't think it's right," Heimann said. "You're still killing someone."

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Hays does not provide abortion procedures. Its services include tests for sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, emergency contraception for patients 17 and older, pregnancy tests and health care for men and women.