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120 turn out to protest Planned Parenthood clinic that organizer calls frontline of anti-abortion battle – The Denver Post

A big, steel-bar fence around the Planned Parenthood-Denver Stapleton Health Center on Saturday divided two sides of a polarizing issue: abortion.

Colorado Right to Life held a March for Abolition across the street from the health center with a goal to abolish abortion in the state and the nation. Approximately 120 people turned out to the rally, most standing near huge signs, propped against cars, reading “Turn back we’re here to help you,” and “No peace with child sacrifice,” others depicted fetuses.

Kat Wilson stood on a huge step ladder that towered over the privacy-screen lined fence. “You don’t have to do this,” she wailed at the people on the other side.

“I’m here to stop women from murdering their babies,” she said in an interview from the ladder, which was placed on the sidewalk. “They see the signs, they see that it’s a baby. It stops a lot of them.”

Signs were raised higher as cars drove toward the building, protesters waving to get the attention of the driver and passenger. None of the people in the cars engaged with the protesters, continuing on to the building. Some appeared scared, others, fearless and unaffected.

The word “proud” was rendered in blue Post-it notes in a top-floor window of the Planned Parenthood building.

“Planned Parenthood proudly stands with the over 103,000 patients that come to us for high-quality care each year,” Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains spokeswoman Whitney Phillips said in a written statement to The Post. “Our doors are open, and will stay open, no matter what.”

Colorado Right to Life director Susan Sutherland called the clinic the frontline of the effort to outlaw abortion. “This is one place of many right here where moms and dads are carrying their children into a building to slaughter them.”

Protester Larry Aughenbaugh compared abortion to the dehumanization of black people for slavery and the killing of Jews during the holocaust. He said the fetuses have equal rights.

“People can try to make an argument that it’s not a human being in the womb,” Aughenbaugh said. “But for those of us who believe that it is, this is the least that we can do, is come out and plead with women not to kill their babies and to offer them help. We refer them to places where they can get medical help where they don’t kill their babies.”

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