Thirty-four years after the Supreme Court decided the controversial Roe v. Wade case, area pro-lifers continue to protest the decision.
The Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe decision was marked by several area pro-life groups. One protest, sponsored by Rochester Pro-Life and the Focus Pregnancy Help Center, was held at the University Avenue Planned Parenthood in Rochester. Another protest was held at the Greece Planned Parenthood.
During the Rochester protest, Father Frederick Bush led the group in praying the rosary. Father Bush said that during his morning Mass at St. Mark Church in Greece, he had pointed out several people who have spoken ardently against abortion, including Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, former Bishop of Rochester, and Hippocrates, whose oath — to which few new doctors swear — compels physicians not to give an abortive remedy to women.
“I try to support this group,” he said of the protesters.
Protestor Marilyn Spang said she enjoys the chance to pray the rosary to encourage others to chose life.
“I couldn’t go to Washington (for the national March for Life),” Spang said.
Dr. Joseph DiPoala Sr., an internal-medicine physician from Webster and a longtime pro-lifer, said he believes abortions are inconsistent with a physician’s job to protect life. DiPoala said for more than 100 years, doctors consistently refused to perform abortions, until the Supreme Court’s Roe decision in 1973.
“Doctors support protecting life in all areas except the unborn,” DiPoala said, referring to stances in the medical community against such practices as physician-assisted suicide. “It’s a disgrace to our profession.”