WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Abortion-related demonstrations continue in South Florida Sunday.
The annual “Life Chain Prayer Event" at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral, where many devout Pro-Life supporters are rallying. They joined Bishop Gerald Barbarito in front of the church with signs and prayer.
Demonstrators want to end abortion in the state and nationally.
“We have to show people that abortion is murder. Period. It's a fifth commandment, thou shall not kill,” said Willy Gaudiola, president of Right to Life League in Palm Beach County.
“We need to support all the lives of the unborn,” said Katalin Filtranti, pro-life demonstrator. “Because God alone is the giver and taker of life.”
Don Kazimir said he’s has been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976.
“I think it’s a civil rights issue for an unborn child,” said Kazimir.
Kazimir says he accepts abortion only in special cases.
“The only exception we would see would be to save the life of a mother. She’ll die if she carries a baby to term, but that is very rare with the high level of medicine these days,” said Kazimir.
Many of them during Sunday’s rally showed support for the restrictive abortion law that went into effect on September 1st. The law bans abortions as early as six weeks, before most women know they are pregnant. It also allows private citizens to sue people who help patients get an abortion. Hundreds protested against that law and defended reproductive rights on Saturday.
“It's very important to me that our government stays out of our personal health choices,” said one abortion rights demonstrator.
Guardiola says he would like to see a similar abortion law like the one in Texas in the sunshine state.
“The best thing that happened. All 49 other states should be doing the same exact thing. You know, a heartbeat at six weeks, I think it's even before that, more like at four weeks,” said Guardiola. “But every state in this country needs to be tougher on the abortion issues. It really needs to do what Texas is doing, and hopefully Florida will follow suit. “
The United States Supreme Court will begin a new term on Monday, which will include a Mississippi case that could overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion without excessive government restriction.