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Anti-abortion activists rally at Colorado Capitol

Alysia Patterson
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Anti-abortion activists gathered at the state Capitol on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on Thursday, with some expressing worries about Barack Obama’s presidency.

“Obama is going to be a setback,” said Craig Schwartz of Denver. “He doesn’t think babies are as important as mothers.”

But his wife, Judy, was more upbeat.

“We’ve been coming here for 15 years, and I think younger and younger people are being swayed,” she said.

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The mood was cheery as demonstrators chatted or danced on an unseasonably warm January day.

Joe Riccobono, president of Colorado Right to Life, said he expected about 400 people to attend, but no police crowd estimate was immediately available.

Riccobono said his group would have to push harder under the new administration.

“I feel President Obama will resist our efforts to recognize the personhood of the unborn child with everything that he has,” Riccobono said. “But because we have truth on our side, we will win.”

Micah Martin of Frederick said he doesn’t worry about national politics.

“The grass roots fight makes the difference,” he said.

Tens of thousands of abortion foes rallied on the National Mall in Washington before marching on the U.S. Supreme Court building.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains usually stages an abortion rights rally at the state Capitol on the Roe v. Wade anniversary, but this year schedule its event for Friday.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Leslie Durgin said her group is optimistic about Obama’s presidency.

“It’s a new day for women’s health and families,” she said.


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