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Controversy rages over arrests of Virginia reproductive rights protesters

The ACLU is accusing police of overreacting in their arrests of 31 people at the Virginia Capitol on Saturday during a peaceful protest over passage of a controversial bill requiring pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion.

"We do not know yet if anyone's free speech rights were violated," said ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis. "We do know, however, that from all appearances the police overreacted to a situation in which peaceful demonstrators gathered at a public place to exercise their First Amendment right to protest the government."

About 1,000 people took part in the March 3 protest. While organizers had a permit to gather on the Capitol grounds, some protesters sat on the steps of the Capitol Building, locked arms and refused to move. They were arrested and dragged away by the Virginia State Police Tactical Team, which arrived in riot gear and accompanied by police dogs.

Willis accused the officers of using "completely unnecessary military-style force." The ACLU is asking people who witnessed the arrests or who were themselves arrested to contact the organization.

The police officers' tactics have also come under criticism from other organizations including the Virginia State Conference NAACP and some state lawmakers.

State Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) likened the police response to the treatment of civil rights protesters a half-century ago.

"Not since the Massive Resistance days of the 1960s have I seen such a disgraceful display of excessive police presence," she said on the Senate floor.  "Massive Resistance" refers to the effort spearheaded by Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr. to prevent integration of Virginia's public schools a half-century ago.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) lashed out at lawmakers who criticized the police.

"I would hope that they realize how far out of line they are when they say things like that about our police officers," he said.

McDonnell, who serves as chair of the Republican Governors Association, opposes abortion and has used his veto power to restrict state funding for the legal procedure. During his gubernatorial campaign, McDonnell came under fire for his 1989 thesis for Regent University in which he expressed opposition to birth control as well as abortion and described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family.

McDonnell has denied having anything to do with the police response to Saturday's protest. He was was at men's basketball tournament at the Richmond Coliseum at the time of the arrests.

The protesters made their first court appearances on Monday. They face misdemeanor charges of trespassing and unlawful assembly.

(Photo of protest at Virginia Capitol courtesy of Richmond's Style Weekly. To see the paper's full coverage of the event, click here. To see its Facebook album of photos from the protest, click here.)

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a woman should have a right

a woman should have a right to abort her unwanted, human parasite from her uterus at anytime, for whatever reason...the government should not interfere, she could be saving the tax payer money down the road.

those wrongfully arrested protesters should sue.

THIS IS SCIENCE:
FETUS IS NOT A BABY (GOOGLE THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CHART), but a parasite because the classification of the biological relationship that is based on the behavior one organism (fetus) and how it relates to the woman's body:

as a zygote, it invaded the woman's uterus using its TROPHOBLAST cells, hijacked her immune system by using NEUROKININ B and HCG--- so her body doesn't kill it, steals her nutrients to survive, and causes her harm or potential death.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophoblast

"The placenta functions as an immunological barrier between the mother and the fetus, creating an immunologically privileged site. For this purpose, it uses several mechanisms:
It secretes Neurokinin B containing phosphocholine molecules. This is the same mechanism used by parasitic nematodes to avoid detection by the immune system of their host.[2]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immune_tolerance_in_pregnancy

" Due to its highly-negative charge, hCG may repel the immune cells of the mother, protecting the fetus during the first trimester. It has also been hypothesized that hCG may be a placental link for the development of local maternal immunotolerance."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_chorionic_gonadotropin

"It is also possible for a symbiotic relationship to exist between two organisms of the same species."
http://www.answers.com/topic/symbiosis -- Gale's Science of Everyday Things.

just like a parasitic twin --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasitic_twin

"an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it"
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/parasite

pregnancy CAUSES HARM: http://www.thelizlibrary.org/liz/004.htm

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