Hundreds rally against abortion at County Building

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President Obama's visit to Notre Dame University sparked a rally in downtown San Diego in front of the County Administration building.

Abortion foes said his honorary degree from the prestigious university is mockery of the founders of the university and its Catholic faith. One of the speakers included a Notre Dame student who flew to San Diego to offer his insight.

The peaceful rally starts off with a prayer from a young woman whose mother chose to have her instead of having an abortion.

"I was an unwanted pregnancy, but a wanted child," Janie McGarity said.

Then, words from pro-life advocates.

"I was on the campus of Notre Dame on April 23rd and already students were upset about it," Senior Pastor David Jeremiah said. Pastor Jeremiah leads the Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon. Among other pastors who spoke at the Choice Rally: Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church, Pastor Mike MacIntosh of Horizon Christian Fellowship, Pastor Shawn Mitchell of New Venture Christian Fellowship and Pastor Chris Clark of East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church.

The rally is held on the same day as President Obama makes his graduation speech at Notre Dame. Brandon Payne is a junior at Notre Dame who will graduating in 2012. He offers his perspective about Obama's controversial visit.

"We object to having him by inviting him to give a commencement speech and giving him an honorary degree," Payne said.

One woman shares her story of regrets and shame after having an abortion 25 years ago.

"You would never be the same because you took the life of somebody," Lisa Simon said. Simon brings her two granddaughters to the rally to share with them the special meaning of life. Granddaughters 3-year-old Annalisa and older sister Jessila carry signs that read "Thanks mom for having me,"

"I'm really glad she brought me into this world and I thank my mom," 8-year-old Jessila Jones said.

But Planned Parenthood of San Diego says abortion is all about choice for a woman and her body. Vince Hall, Vice President of Public Affairs, says abortion numbers are down since 1973. He credits education as a tool to help teach women.

"That's because agencies like Planned Parenthod have worked hard to reduce unattended pregnancies," Hall said.

Planned Parenthood of San Diego stands behind Obama.

"I commend Obama for taking a stance in defense of women's liberty," Hall said.

But pro-life supporters disagree about a woman's right to choose because they say life is precious.

"There are choices that they can make to give up the baby for adoption," Simon said.

Planned Parenthood says according to a recent Gallup Poll, nearly 75% of Americans want abortions to remain safe and legal. Nearly 25% of those poll say they want abortions to be illegal.

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