Sunday, January 21, 2001

Local abortion foes express optimism at start of Bush era




By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        About 250 anti-abortion activists expressed optimism about the future of their cause during a march and Fountain Square rally Saturday, saying they were encouraged by Saturday's inauguration of President George W. Bush.

img
AP coverage
        “After years of fighting and sticking up for ourselves, we can finally look forward and have our voices heard,” said Joanne Kemmerer, an event organizer from Mount Airy.

        The event was held to protest Monday's 28th anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

        “I was born about the same time as Roe vs. Wade, so this event is kind of a big deal to me and my parents,” said Bryon Bedel, 28, from Dent. “It comes as a good sign that this event would happen today, when the new president is being inaugurated.”

        But even with Mr. Bush in office, the fight is not over, many at the rally said. They pointed to First Lady Laura Bush's comment Friday that Roe v. Wade should stand, and government officials should encourage abstinence as a way to reduce unwanted pregnancies.

        “We knew that neither Bush nor (former Vice President Al) Gore was the silver bullet against abortion,” said the Rev. Joseph Greenwell, assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Norwood. “I can only hope (Mrs. Bush's comment) was a political statement. But to be honest, the only way that abortion is going to be abolished is through prayer and through the efforts of grass roots organizations such as this.”

        Also speaking to the crowd was Ohio Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Anderson Township, who said he was working for tougher regulation of abortion clinics as a way to reduce abortions.

        Sue Momeyer, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood for Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky, Saturday said she wasn't concerned about such regulations, because Planned Parenthood already meets tough medical standards.

       



Local Bush backers relish special day
- Local abortion foes express optimism at start of Bush era
WILKINSON: Bush bypasses Buckeye hopefuls
16-year-old dies while bull riding
Taft ready to present school plan
PULFER: Courts catching up with reality
CROWLEY: N.Ky. GOP, Dems busy plotting
Restoration of springhouse nears
Business group gathers steam
Choice baffles council hopeful
Deer Park police chief quits
Lebanon wants antique show back
Local Digest
Program to link women, investors
Bald eagles in Ohio reach record numbers
Federal case over PB&J sandwiches
OSU cop fired for running pornographic Web site
Man indicted in 1978 slaying won't face death penalty
Pipeline legal hurdles remain