Abortion foes: 5 years of prayer along Travis Boulevard pays off

By From page A3 | March 21, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Five years of a pro-life group’s prayer vigils near Planned Parenthood on Travis Boulevard have produced mostly support from passing drivers as well as some obscene gestures – and led to 58 woman canceling planned abortions, participants say.

Isidro Rodriguez, an organizer for the global group 40 Days for Life, said that since March 2009, some of the women who decided against having abortions returned to the vigil across from the Solano Town Center mall – with their children.

The 55-year-old Fairfield resident said no confrontations with people going to Planned Parenthood take place.

“It’s not a protest,” Rodriguez said. “We’re just praying.”

Tranquilino Panduro, 50, of Fairfield, held a rosary and sign Thursday along Travis Boulevard, where he said the group gets good and bad responses from drivers.

“We have reactions both ways,” he said.

About 90 percent are positive, Panduro said.

Panduro, a Catholic, said participation is not limited to that faith.

“We invite any religion to come,” he said.

The Fairfield resident participated in a pro-life march in February in San Francisco that he said produced very few protests in the city.

“It used to be tough,” Panduro said of the reaction in San Francisco to pro-life supporters.

Heather Estes, CEO for Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, said picketers have been present for more than 20 years in Fairfield.

“We believe in free speech,” she said. “They have opinions. They’re allowed to express them.”

Interference with people going to Planned Parenthood’s office has happened occasionally over two decades but in recent years has not been a problem, Estes said.

Most services at Planned Parenthood are for family planning and for medical matters such as cancer screenings, she said. A goal all should share is that women are able to choose when they become pregnant, Estes said.

Raj Hundal and Kayla Maudlin, both 24, of Fairfield, walked Thursday along Travis Boulevard next to vigil participants.

Maudlin said decisions about an abortion should be left up to the woman. Hundal agrees.

The protests aren’t working, Hundal said. He spoke about moving away for two years and returning to find the group still gathering along Travis Boulevard.

Arturo Padilla, 60, of Fairfield, who joined the vigil last year, said the effort is changing people’s ideas about abortion.

“Sometimes I come two to three times a day,” Padilla said of going to the Travis Boulevard site. “I pray and support.”

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  • PornacMarch 21, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Keep praying if it's all ya got! But really, we do need more unwanted babies to go into foster care or on welfare.

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  • Life is a giftMarch 21, 2014 - 6:31 am

    "A woman should be able to chose when to become pregnant." I agree, but that choice should be made before conception. Abortion should not be an available form of birth control.

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    So you think you should choose for a total stranger matters that will greatly affect their entire life. Then the total stranger should get to choose on a matter affecting yours or does it all stop at hypocrisy?

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  • BaseballmomMarch 21, 2014 - 6:50 am

    I was there for most of those 20 years. The patients we saw were not there for "cancer screenings." They were there for abortions and most of them were between 9 and 13 weeks pregnant. When we were in the back (by the entrance) we generally saw an average of 3 women per month change their minds. In 2006, when the bldg changed owners and PP started calling FFPD every time we were there, we ended up out on Travis Blvd (PP is all about free speech, as long as you cannot talk to the clients). On a side note, one PP director, back in the late 80's, early 90's, quit her job and became a strong prolife advocate. She thanked us for our prayers and perseverance.... We always pray for the staff and the patients.

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Well unlike you I have actually went inside and can safely say you have not the slightest clue of reality from that self righteous soapbox you choose to lie from.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 21, 2014 - 6:58 am

    I watched this side show for years. This is America if you've been paying any attention at all, you know how things work. Certain groups start chipping away at your rights citing some off-the-wall excuse as their basis for these activities and the snowball begins. This isn't news, I've spoken about it for years. Now it's in our faces and it won't stop if you continue ignoring it. In case you missed it (?) a couple weeks back, AZ actually passed legislation allowing freedom to hate that went to the Governor for signing. She did a last-minute veto. Why? Totally a financial decision, they still discriminate, they just can't do it legally. KS had similar legislation. Do you care? I'm truly beginning to wonder.

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  • DanielMarch 21, 2014 - 7:13 am

    The question has to be answered by science, does a human baby life begin at conception or not? So far medical science is unanimous, therefore the written right to life overrides a unwritten rule to privacy which somehow has been stretched into the right of killing a child based on a fraudulent case Roe vs Wade. The prodeathers task is simple prove that human life doesn't begin at conception to medical science and all prolifers go away.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 21, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Daniel, the law is on the books science and religion notwithstanding. Done. Go away.

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  • rlw895March 21, 2014 - 7:57 am

    Talk to us when you're a woman, D.

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  • rlw895March 21, 2014 - 8:02 am

    This seems to me to be an entirely appropriate way to express an opinion. I'm glad they have had some effect. We can point to them the next time some nut case kills a doctor who performs abortions or firebombs a clinic.

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    In 1968, Christianity Today published a special issue on contraception and abortion, encapsulating the consensus among evangelical thinkers at the time. In the leading article, professor Bruce Waltke, of the famously conservative Dallas Theological Seminary, explained the Bible plainly teaches that life begins at birth: “God does not regard the fetus as a soul, no matter how far gestation has progressed. The Law plainly exacts: 'If a man kills any human life he will be put to death' (Lev. 24:17). But according to Exodus 21:22–24, the destruction of the fetus is not a capital offense… Clearly, then, in contrast to the mother, the fetus is not reckoned as a soul.” The magazine Christian Life agreed, insisting, “The Bible definitely pinpoints a difference in the value of a fetus and an adult.” And the Southern Baptist Convention passed a 1971 resolution affirming abortion should be legal not only to protect the life of the mother, but to protect her emotional health as well. These stalwart evangelical institutions and leaders would be heretics by today’s standards. Yet their positions were mainstream at the time, widely believed by born-again Christians to flow from the unambiguous teaching of Scripture.

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  • rlw895March 21, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Thank you for that bit of history. For a good historical analysis of how the issue left those scriptures and got politicized, read "Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party" by Max Blumenthal.

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  • Teach5thMarch 21, 2014 - 7:06 am

    The two 24-year olds have been raised at a time when anything goes. I'm pretty confident that they also "believe" in gay marriage (even Obama didn't believe in that until recently.) They probably also believe in passing a law to make smoking marijuana legal. so, of course they believe a woman should have the right to decide what happens to her body. Unfortunately, we're not talking about her body; she made that decision when she decided to have sex. We're talking about a baby's body, here. It's the one who is going to suffer from the act of the abortion. And Pornac - the baby doesn't have to go into foster care. There are thousands, maybe more, people who would love to adopt a baby. Nice try with the same old, tired argument, though.

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  • Logic.March 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

    You sound like you owned some slaves in your lifetime. I'm pretty confident that you believe in slavery, are a big supporter of Hitlers agenda, and that everyone in your 5th grade class, including your co-workers hate you. Hmm it feels good passing judgment on someone I know absolutely nothing about based on a little information I gleaned from the internet. Get a life, your students must be the most closed minded of the bunch and probably get made fun of the most.

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  • Teach5thMarch 21, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    Logic - you're probably right, as am I. Feel better insulting me?

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Topic is abortion. Your need to hate gays off topic just speaks more about you.

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  • The MisterMarch 21, 2014 - 7:12 am

    58 lives saved! That is to be celebrated!! 58 victories!!!

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Unless proof is asked for then you are screwed.

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  • UnabashedProgressiveMarch 21, 2014 - 7:40 am

    Leave it to the right-wing agenda of the DR to glorify the attempt to regulate and control women's bodies. Does McNaughton have an equally glowing story about the positives of Planned Parenthood? I don't suppose this paper will deliver a similar piece on the evils of Viagra, either. When it comes to individual freedom, these conservatives are all over it---except when it comes to women's health. The hypocrisy continues...

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 21, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    The evils of Viagra? Huh?

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  • DanielMarch 21, 2014 - 8:10 am

    CD the Supreme Court unilaterally and covertly "passed" this "law" (Roe vs Wade) based on fiction, even if you consider it "legal", the question still remains, is it Constitutional or even moral? Since you're apparently into legalism, now, when it comes to the taking of a baby's life, did you know that slavery was once also "legal"? In Germany it was "legal" to abort Jews based on white Germans worrying about having to support Jews with welfare. The reason that this issue has never died and never well, again, is that medical science says that a human infant life begins at conception. At that stage of development, the baby is not a blob of tissue with no nerves, medical science labels her at that stage of complicated developement, as zygote. She can feel pain and reacts. I assume that out of compassion, that you're for protecting lower forms of life like animals from abuse and cruelty because of the pain and suffering that it causes them. The way they kill the baby is to stick sissors in and suction her brain out of her little skull. The baby feels every second of the excrutiating pain. After she's killed her body is indignantly thrown into a trash bin. I doubt that you've ever thoroughly read nor dealt with this procedure, otherwise you'd never be for it unless you had no feeling like the zombie like "doctors" that perfom this atrocity.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 21, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Daniel, call me a zombie, it's the law get over it. And stop presenting faulty analogies!

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  • Jason KnowlesMarch 21, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Daniel, there is ample evidence that counters your claim about fetal pain... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/health/complex-science-at-issue-in-politics-of-fetal-pain.html?_r=0

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  • Men are sinningMarch 21, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    I think life begins with sperm and egg. Those are both live entities. That means that every time a man masturbates and wastes his seed, that is loss of life and a sin. I would like that legislated and criminalized, too. I think all porn should be illegal and criminalized since that is sinful and encourages men to kill sperm. Stop killing unborn, potential children. Selfish men--thinking only of yourself and not those lost souls.

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  • Christine in FFMarch 21, 2014 - 10:04 am

    They don't bother me one bit and I drive past them on a daily basis. They aren't "in my face". They aren't interfering in my daily life or activities. They aren't rude or affecting traffic and I have to say~ I'm very thankful my mother didn't abort me! Just sayin! :)

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    All they show to most people is who in society is the virgins most bitter that other people have sex.

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  • PornacMarch 21, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    There are 58,000 Foster Kids just in California. Plenty of opportunity to help a kid.

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  • General Fadi BasemMarch 21, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    When did "murder" become a "choice"? How can the English language get so twisted?

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    So where is that post against war or the death penalty from you?

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  • Rick WoodMarch 21, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    All murders are choices, but not all choices are murder.

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  • General Fadi BasemMarch 21, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Huh? Killing your baby is not murder?

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  • Rick WoodMarch 22, 2014 - 12:09 am

    It would be a homicide, not necessarily murder.

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  • JimboMarch 21, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    If 'no confrontations with people going to Planned Parenthood take place' exactly how do they even know any of the alleged '58 woman canceling planned abortions' were even actually going to Planned Parenthood? I smell a 'Lie for the lord'.

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