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Elizabeth Bitzan, Moorhead, Published July 22 2013

Letter: Spit on while I was praying

Abortion advocates have pinned all pro-life activists as being old white men who hate women. This could not be further from the truth. His issue goes beyond politics, and quite frankly, it is an absolute shame that it has been turned into a political battle. Abortion is, and should be, regarded as a human issue.

I am a young woman, 19, who currently attends Concordia College. One illustration of the numerous pro-life activists is seen year after year at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., which takes place on the anniversary of the court decision of Roe v. Wade. I have attended the March for Life and have witnessed about half a million young and diverse people marching alongside me; all supporting the pro-life cause.

Understandably, most people are unaware of this, as the media does not cover it. Furthermore, the media has created a public misconception of those on the sidewalk praying for an end to abortion. We are often characterized as bullies who threaten those who go into the clinic. Again, this could not be further from the truth. Our prayers are always peaceful.

However, the clinic knows that the silent majority is pro-life, so they use the unwitting media as a tool to spread this misconception. I have been spit on, yelled at and various other things while peacefully praying on the sidewalk.