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Kansas City Abortion Rights Opponents Feel Optimistic About New Administration

Frank Morris
KCUR 893
About 100 people turned out for the Kansas City version of the so-called March for Life event.

Abortion rights opponents marked the 44th annual demonstration they call the March for Life yesterday in both Washington, and Kansas City.  

Yesterday’s rally in downtown Kansas City drew about 100 people, which was substantial increase from last year. Kansas City author Jack Cashill says the event benefited from the much larger women’s marches last weekend.

“Thanks to them there are many more cameras here today than there otherwise would have been,” said Cashill.

Abortion rights opponents are feeling good about their chances to see new federal restrictions, according to Mary Gliserman with Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinic.

“We are very encouraged, as a movement, that we have a pro-life president for the first time in 8 years. We have a pro-life Congress we have a pro-life Senate, and what that means, we don’t know yet,” said Gliserman.

President Trump says he’ll announce his nomination to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court in the coming week. Abortion rights opponents say they’re confident he’ll pick someone on their side of the issue.  

Frank Morris is a national correspondent and senior editor at KCUR 89.3. You can reach him on Twitter @FrankNewsman.

I’ve been at KCUR almost 30 years, working partly for NPR and splitting my time between local and national reporting. I work to bring extra attention to people in the Midwest, my home state of Kansas and of course Kansas City. What I love about this job is having a license to talk to interesting people and then crafting radio stories around their voices. It’s a big responsibility to uphold the truth of those stories while condensing them for lots of other people listening to the radio, and I take it seriously. Email me at frank@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @FrankNewsman.
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