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Protestors line up outside Planned Parenthood banquet


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Thursday evening, a line was drawn in the parking lot of a Cedar Rapids hotel. Inside, a banquet marking thirty years of women's health care in Eastern Iowa.

"It's an opportunity for us to really celebrate Planned Parenthood and the important services we provide to nearly 10,000 folks in this area every single year," said Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Outside, a line of men and women strongly arguing a different view.

"It's worth it to stand in the rain to tell the message to Cedar Rapids and Planned Parenthood and their C.E.O. Cecile Richards that abortion is nothing to celebrate," said Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League out of Chicago.

The way protestors are telling their message is controversial. They're carrying six-foot high posters of fetuses, and traveling in, what they call, a "Truth Truck." They said they intended for the images to be disturbing.

"We should be disturbed by pictures of what is happening so often to unborn children in their own mother's womb," said Scheidler.

Whether you agree with the message or not, everyone driving on the street today is going to see it. However, you won't see a single person as you drive into the Marriott Hotel. That's because the FBI has told them to stay off the private property. They even had a tow truck in the parking lot, removing any cars believed to be trespassing. It was all an effort to keep what's inside, inside... and what's happening outside, outside.

The folks at Planned Parenthood Eastern Iowa are happy to celebrate, at least on their end, quietly.

"What we're so proud of is that we're an affordable and first-rate health care provider and educator to millions of people in this community and this country -- and that's how we like to get our word out is by the excellent care that we provide," said Richards.

Thursday night's rally ended peacefully. The pro-life group left when the media turned off their cameras. But they vow to continue protesting until abortion is made illegal in America.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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