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Matter of choice

Photo By Tom Gascoyne

Pro-choice supporters gathered in front of Rep. Wally Herger’s office Friday, Jan. 20 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion for women across the country. The protestors said they think it is time to replace the eight-term congressman, who is pro-life. “We are sticking up for human rights whether Wally gets on board or not,” said Eilleen Schnitger, director of development for the Women’s Health Specialists. That group was joined by the Butte County Coalition for Reproductive Justice and others at the rally. Herger was not in his office and those who were said they had no idea a pro-choice rally was taking place outside until told by a reporter. Fran Peace, Herger’s district director, was prepared for such an occasion and handed out a statement by her boss that read in part, “there is substantial agreement in our nation, even among many who describe themselves as pro-choice, that abortions occur too frequently, and that alternatives such as adoption are highly preferable. I hope both sides of this issue can build on that sentiment and work together to find ways to reduce the number of abortions in America.”