Juan, Monique, Arturo, Daniel, Isaac, Gabby, and Brianna of the New Generation Church Youth Ministry led by Pastor Eddie and Monica Merino are unashamed to point to their signatures on the petition to stop the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic on Fourth Street in El Centro.
These youth had been present from the start of the evening. They asked to sign the petition being circulated through the crowd; they asked the photographer to take their picture. There was an attitude of unabashed peace and lack of fear of who would see them take their stand, including parents and peers.
Later, nine young people dressed in black entered the back of the courtyard outside around 9:00 p.m.Â positioning themselves just yards from Pastor Edâ€™s youth. They held a long banner and signs supporting Planned Parenthood.
Describing themselves as a loosely organized group, they were here to protect womenâ€™s rights. â€œA womanâ€™s rights were her rights and should be defended and all the other services it (PP) offers women.â€ When asked to describe an abortion, they walked away saying, â€œThat has nothing to do with it.â€ â€œThatâ€™s irrelevant.â€
They asked not to have their pictures taken.