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Rally for life in Montpelier

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Michele Gonzales says she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, which forced her to decide what she would do with her baby - if she was pregnant.

Michele Gonzales was at the rally, she said, "I don't think fetus is an accurate word, I think the child has the right to life."

Gonzales and hundreds of others marched through Montpelier to the State House on Saturday for the Rally for Life event.

Those attending the rally carried signs displaying their pro-life beliefs- and heard from speakers such as anti-abortion feminist leaders.

Serrin Foster with Feminists For Life America spoke at the podium, "So their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them," the crowd clapped.

The event comes days after Vermont legislators introduced a bill to strike down old statutes criminalizing abortion in the state. Currently, Vermont does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions- such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions- often found in other states. Pro choice advocates says they are essential elements of a women's right to choose. But others disagree.

" I'd like more women to be told the real truth because some people tell them, that you know, the baby is really not a human life until after so many weeks and you know the baby is a baby the minute it was conceived," said Rachel Carlson.

They say their rally is a peaceful way to voice their message.

"I'm not out there being aggressive about it, but I do my best to support anti-abortion and the allowed birth of the child," said Gonzales.

The annual event coincides with the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

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