Controversy ensues at anti-abortion rally

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Social work sophomore Rebecca Palmer expresses her support of abortion rights with art freshmen Brenna Dorsey and Marcel Gonzales Tuesday in the mall. Dorsey and Marcel came out to protest the anti-abortion rally. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Social work sophomore Rebecca Palmer expresses her support of abortion rights with art freshmen Brenna Dorsey and Marcel Gonzales Tuesday in the mall. Dorsey and Marcel came out to protest the anti-abortion rally. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Liberal arts sophomore Alyssa Trujillo converses with computer science graduate Rosemary Glass about their views on abortion during a rally Tuesday in the mall. Glass said she used to be pro-abortion rights, but changed her views to show support for the unborn babies and the women that had to endure pregnancy. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Liberal arts sophomore Alyssa Trujillo converses with computer science graduate Rosemary Glass about their views on abortion during a rally Tuesday in the mall. Glass said she used to be pro-abortion rights, but changed her views to show support for the unborn babies and the women that had to endure pregnancy. Photo by Vincent Reyna

By Vince Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Dr. Daryl Rodriguez of the Love and Truth Ministries, along with many volunteers, passed out pamphlets with information on abortion Tuesday in the mall.

Rodriguez said the main goal of the rally was to bring awareness and education to the injustice of abortion.

Rodriguez also said they were advocates for human rights.

“Are they human?” Rodriguez said rhetorically.

Rodriguez said he felt the unborn are human from conception. He went on to say gorilla parents make gorilla babies, and human parents make human babies.

Dr. Daryl Rodriguez sets up an anti-abortion exhibit for Love and Truth Ministries Tuesday in the mall. Rodriguez, along with volunteers, passed out pamphlets with information for their cause. Rodriguez said their main objective was to bring awareness and education to the injustice of abortion. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Dr. Daryl Rodriguez sets up an anti-abortion exhibit for Love and Truth Ministries Tuesday in the mall. Rodriguez, along with volunteers, passed out pamphlets with information for their cause. Rodriguez said their main objective was to bring awareness and education to the injustice of abortion. Photo by Vincent Reyna

Students were polled on their opinions.

An anti-abortion rally wouldn’t be an anti-abortion rally without a pro-abortion rights protest.

Art freshmen Brenna Dorsey and Marcel Gonzales appeared with makeshift signs displaying their views on being able to choose what they want to do.

Dorsey intended to counter the images of the mutilated babies and dead women carried at the rally. She disagreed with the techniques used at the rally.

“I just want people to be happy in their lives and there are better ways,” Dorsey said.

This issue isn’t black and white, and many factors are included in different people’s lives, she said.

Gonzales said the people at the rally were only trying to shock with the images to get their views across.

Both groups had people come up and debate with them as well as commend them. Some students shouted their disgust at the images of disfigured fetuses.

Social work sophomore Rebecca Palmer found the images to be vulgar and disgusting, but she also said pro-abortion rights supporters aren’t interested in killing babies.

“We just want the choice,” Palmer said.

Computer science graduate Rosemary Glass, a supporter of the anti-abortion forces, said she used to call herself pro-choice but changed her mind.

“I feel for the baby and the mothers,” Glass said. “I want the women to be safe, too.”

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