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Abortion a Heated Issue on a Cold Day

Posted January 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The cold doesn't often keep people from sharing their feelings on the heated subject of abortion.

Especially on the 24th anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision.

John Armstrong feels very strongly that pro-choice is the right decision in a case of rights.

Sarah Wilkinson, on the other hand, feels that the preciousness of life should supercede the right to choose.

The recent bombings in Atlanta are on the minds of both sides, and, while they may not agree on politics, both sides agree that violence is not the answer.

The violence may have happened miles away, but its impact is being shared throughout the country.

Brenda Pratt Shafer, an anti-abortionist, says that because life is so precious, violence to get a point across is the wrong way to handle it.

Debora Ross, a pro-choice activist, said that everyone has the right to make their views known and to try to influence a woman's choice, but that once that choice was made, there should be an element of support for those women.

The signs may have different sayings, but if there's one thing pro-choice and anti-abortionists have learned together over the last 24 years, it's that violence only heats up an already heated debate.

Terri Grucareporting.