Hundreds Of Kansans Rally Against Abortion

By: Greg Palmer, Ariana Cohen
By: Greg Palmer, Ariana Cohen

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Hundreds of abortion opponents are expected to converge on the Kansas Statehouse to mark the anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Gov. Sam Brownback was spoke at the noon rally. The Republican Governor is a strong abortion opponent. During his State of the State address last week, he compared past protests outside the Wichita clinic of the late Dr. George Tiller to work by abolitionists before the Civil War to end slavery. Tiller was known for performing late-term abortions before he was gunned down in 2009.

Anti-abortion leaders told the crowd at the Kansas Statehouse that history is on the side of abortion opponents as they work to eventually end the procedure nationwide.

The Pro-Life group Kansans for Life sponsored a full day of workshops and presentations Wednesday. The rally marked the 41st anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation. Since then, abortion opponents have enacted restrictions on abortion in many states, including Kansas.

The rally heard from Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Congressman Tim Huelskamp, all anti-abortion Republicans.

Many rally participants were students, and Brownback called young people the ``pro-life'' generation. Huelskamp compared Roe v. Wade to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision protecting slavery before the Civil War.

Planned Parenthood executive Peter Brownlie dismissed Wednesday's events as political theater.


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