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January 21, 2013

Anti-abortion demonstrators march in Plattsburgh

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“I think it’s really important to point out that Planned Parenthood is often held up at these events as being all about abortion, but more than 90 percent of the work we do is basic preventative health care. Locally, it’s usually between 3 to 5 percent of our services that are abortion services. Not that we aren’t proud we offer that, but I just want to point out how much Planned Parenthood does to prevent unintended pregnancy.”

ST. JOHN’S SPEAKERS

Meanwhile, at St. John’s Church, the speakers addressed those attending the March for Life event.

“Bishop LaValley talked about how we should look at life as a gift from Almighty God,” said Jack Lukasiewicz, a deacon at Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh.

“And Monsignor Aubin closed the service and reinforced our desire to value life,” he said. “We had the choir, as well, and they added immeasurably to the service — they uplifted us.”

Tom Healey was pleased with Sunday’s event: “I thought it was very good. The Bishop gave a very hopeful and very somber assessment of what’s happening.”

It might seem like an unusual combination of emotions, but both were present, he noted: “hopeful and somber.”

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