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Pro-life versus pro-choice rally after women's clinic closes in Lexington

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Their views couldn't be more different, but their passion is equally strong in the latest reasons why pro-life and pro-choice supporters are going head to head.

With prayers and chants, pro-life and pro-choice supporters spread their messages to anyone who would listen to them outside Planned Parenthood in Louisville Saturday morning.

“We believe that life begins at conception and we're hoping to change the hearts and minds of some people before they make a decision they can't come back from,” said pro-life supporter Jennifer Henderson.  

“I think everyone is capable of making their own decisions and I trust people to make their own decisions so it's all about choice to us,” said pro-choice supporter Kelly Portman.

Divided by more than just their views, each group took to different sides of the street with police nearby.

“I think the group has grown across the street and they're heckling because they don't like what we stand for,” said Phyllis Burkholder, another pro-life activist.

The organization, Sisters for Life, has been rallying in honor of Father's Day and aborted babies for the last eight years.

“I hope we can get more people to join us,” Henderson said.

With signs that read "Your religious beliefs do not dictate my medical treatment,” both men and women felt the need to protest. It comes just days after a Lexington women's clinic that performed abortions was temporarily shut down.

“It's so much more about abortion. It's about contraception and about education. It's important for like the community to have a place to go,” Portman said.

While the two sides may never see eye to eye, they have this to say to each other.

“Their decisions are based strictly on religious facts and not any legitimate facts, like they don't consider like any actual statistics of things that have actually happened,” said Ashley Jacobs, another pro-choice activist.

“The truth is that the life of a baby from the moment of conception, it is a baby,” said Burkholder.

With the Lexington EMW women's clinic closing, EMW in Louisville is the only clinic that offers abortions in the state of Kentucky.

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