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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Protests on Providence respect guidelines

By Edward Bode
November 7, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Concerning the concerns of Dina van der Zalm about prayers in front of Planned Parenthood:

I pray publicly there on Providence Road — the nearest shop of the national abortion purveyors, whose financial lifeline comes from the death of the unborn.

The scientific medical fact is that human life begins at conception, after which nothing intrinsic is added to a developing human being. Abortion is the direct killing of an innocent and defenseless human being.

I protest publicly against such an abominable activity.

Abortion also harms mothers — sometimes because of the procedure itself and many times because of the deleterious mental syndrome that affects these women.

I never shout to or harass clients and staff on Providence Road.

"Please do not argue with the Planned Parenthood staff, clients or protestors. Our purpose is to pray for the end of abortion and to offer help to those who are willing to accept it, not to debate or to argue with anyone. We want our words, attitudes and behavior to model that of Christ." This quotation is from the official written guidelines that we are to present to first-time participants. A guideline that I respect and hope that all other prayers do the same.

Edward Bode is a resident of Jefferson City.