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Pro-Life Groups Protest

KENNEWICK, Wash. - It was a day of prayer and protest outside Planned Parenthood in the Tri-Cities.

Tri-Cities church groups, anti-abortion organizations from Olympia and national speakers gathered in Kennewick to protest abortion.

Protesters stood along Columbia Center Boulevard and held up graphic signs showing dead fetuses.

Protester Dot Redmenn said, "I want to tell women that having an abortion really hurts your inner being.  It's something that will hurt you for the rest of your life."

Redmenn is part of a campaign called Silence No More.  She said she had an abortion 28 years ago and said it was the biggest mistake of her life.

Redmenn said, "That's a tough thing to hide inside of yourself forever."

She kept her abortion a secret until a few years ago she saw a local group gathering to celebrate the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a decision that made abortion legal. 

Redmenn said, "How could they be celebrating something that took the life of my child."

She joined a group of about 50 people that either prayed outside Planned Parenthood or stood on the busy Columbia Center Boulevard expressing their Pro-Life views.

Protester Kathleen Driver said, "We think abortion is the biggest injustice of our time.  We think something should be done about the laws."

Protester Maria St. Hilaire said, "Your child is loved and wanted by god, I want to say that to all women that are considering abortion."

KNDU did not see any pro-choice demonstrators. 

Planned Parenthood did not want to be interviewed on camera but they did issue a statement saying their primary goal is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.  It also stated that Planned Parenthood has more than any other group to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. 

They also stated that they respect the views of other people but do not agree with the protesters.