BY ANGIE BRUNKOW, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Abortion opponents are turning the tide when it comes to the battle over
abortion rights, said Father Frank Pavone, the keynote speaker at Metro Right to
Life's annual dinner Tuesday.
"We're winning," he told about 650 people gathered at the group's Celebration
of Life dinner at Ak-Sar-Ben. "American people are getting tired of abortion."
Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, who travels nationwide
speaking against abortion, said abortion-rights advocates are learning by
experience that the practice is a dead end.
Using a dead-end road as an example, he said that drivers see signs warning
of what's ahead, but it's often not until they get to the road's end that they
realize the direction they're heading.
Pavone said he was encouraged by the opposition to abortion now voiced by
women who have had abortions and physicians who have performed the procedure.
He also said that the movement against abortion is a movement for women. A
woman having an abortion often has few choices, he said. She is faced with
pressure from her family, boyfriend and others, he said.
"Women going in for abortions really don't want them," he said. "It's not
always their choice." The movement against abortion offers women crisis
pregnancy counseling and support during pregnancy, he said.
"We're trying to save the child and the mother," he said. "Let's help them
with choices. We have all sorts of alternatives to abortion."
A Blair man and his parents were honored during the dinner for their efforts
to stop the man's girlfriend, Ruby Scott, from having an abortion.
The man, R. Heath Mayfield, and his mother and stepfather, Kathy and John
Hull, were thrown into the center of the national abortion debate when they were
named in a lawsuit that alleges that they intimidated and harassed Miss Scott to
keep her from having an abortion. Miss Scott's baby, named Breezy, recently
turned a year old.
Sally Lansdale, Omaha-Council Bluffs chapter coordinator for the National
Organization for Women, said she was not surprised by the award.
"They gave him an award for preventing someone from attempting to exercise
her legal right," she said. "They're encouraging people to break the law."
"I'm certainly not surprised," she said. "It follows along with their whole
About 15 abortion-rights advocates stood outside Ak-Sar-Ben on Tuesday
holding signs that said 'Keep Abortion Legal' and silently protesting the
dinner. Abortion foes try to deny women's rights, they said.
Monte Lefholtz, a spokesman for the local NOW chapter, said bans on abortions
have led to the deaths of women in the past. "I don't see how that's pro-woman
at all," he said.
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