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Anti-abortion float in Templeton 4th of July parade was out of line

Members of the Abolitionist Society of San Luis Obispo County present a float during the 2016 Fourth of July parade in Templeton.
Members of the Abolitionist Society of San Luis Obispo County present a float during the 2016 Fourth of July parade in Templeton. Courtesy

I’m personally against abortions, but I do believe that every person should have the constitutional right to govern the domain of their body.

Before I say anything, I believe everyone should have the right of free speech; I would be the first to stand up for that right.

The Fourth of July parade in Templeton is a place to celebrate our great democracy with our children.

I believe the anti-abortion float was inappropriate for the Fourth of July parade.

They had dolls hanging with clothes hangers around their necks on the side of the float. This was over the top for children to see.

And they had loudspeakers talking about women’s uteruses. I had a child (2 to 3 years old) sitting next to me who asked her mother: “What is a uterus?”

This is not the time or place for anti-abortion groups to make this type of horrifying presentation to children.

I ask the people of Templeton: Boycott this parade if they are allowed to participate next year with this type of float.

Roger Bowsky, Templeton

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