Prayer vigil brings polarized views to light
Drivers passing by Glenwood Medical Associates Friday honked their car horns and shook their heads in disapproval. Some even slowed to stare.Reaction appeared divided as a small group of St. Stephen’s Church members displayed anti-abortion signs and sang hymns during their last Friday prayer vigil in front of GMA.”I think it’s none of their business,” said Julie Siminoe, a GMA patient from Eagle who observed the anti-abortion demonstration while waiting for a doctor’s appointment. “Abortion should be your own personal choice.”Siminoe said she was surprised to see anti-abortion demonstrators in front of the medical facility and did not agree with their stance.”It’s definitely a woman’s choice, and I think it depends on the circumstances.” she said. “It’s not a way of birth control by any means, but sometimes it’s the only choice. If they stopped it from being legal, it would be bad.”Ernest and Marge Gerbaz, of Glenwood Springs, saw the anti-abortion protest in a much different light.”I wish I had the time to join them. My sign would read, ‘Where would you be if your mother had an abortion,'” Marge said. “Where would the doctors be if their mothers decided to have abortions?”Ernest said he believes GMA has not been straightforward with the public about the abortion services it offers.”The doctors are trying to downplay it,” he said. “It appears to be an abortion mill in there. They’re just trying to make money.”A controversial issue by nature, abortion can both divide and strengthen communities. Friday’s demonstration did just that.A controversial issue by nature, abortion can both divide and strengthen communities. Friday’s demonstration did just that.
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