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Published May 01, 2012, 07:09 PM

Out of state abortion protestors line Fargo streets

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An outspoken anti-abortion group is blanketing Fargo-Moorhead with graphic and disturbing images. "Missionaries to the Preborn” is condemning what it calls "The American Holocaust."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

An outspoken anti-abortion group is blanketing Fargo-Moorhead with graphic and disturbing images. "Missionaries to the Preborn” is condemning what it calls "The American Holocaust."

Abortion Protestor: “It is wrong to kill a baby don't you know”

This is how abortion protestors out of Wisconsin hope to shut down the state's only clinic. "Missionaries to the Preborn" lining Main Avenue and South University in Fargo, carrying large, graphic images of what they say are aborted fetuses.

Jason Storms – Wisconsin Protester: “There is only one abortion clinic here and we would love to see this become an abortion free state.”

By mid-morning, Fargo police began getting calls, despite denials from the protestors. Children with the group were running on to Main Avenue and handing their literature to people in cars. Some of the children, like 13 year-old Hrisciyan Murphy, tell us they are home-schooled, and came here without their parents to protest.

Hrisciyan Murphy – Wisconsin Protestor: “We’re holding our signs for abortion. We’re against it. It’s wrong, it’s murder.”

Mindi Thompsen says the protestors were making it hard for her to get into Mom's Kitchen for breakfast.

Mindi Thompsen – Upset About Protestor: “I don't think they should be able to hold those signs period. I am Satanic and if I were to hold my belief signs up I would go to jail.”

It is not just the graphic signs on Fargo streets that concern local police, but the possibility of emotions boiling over.

Lt. Jeff Scuza – Fargo Police: “It is protected by 1st amendment. It’s a freedom of speech issue. We’re mainly concerned with public safety here. We’re worried about the safety of people stepping off the curb. We’re worried about the motoring public with the visibility problems of intersections. We’re also a bit concerned about confrontation, people that are offended by their message that there might be a physical or violent confrontation there.”

By early afternoon, the protestors moved to 13th avenue and 45th street. Denny's Restaurant, clearly not happy with what happening outside his business. But there was nothing police legally could do to keep even the very young from lining the road, standing with their parents, holding graphic signs some may argue do little to bridge the divide between those supporting the law and those who want it overturned everywhere.

Extra security is expected in downtown Fargo tomorrow morning. The protestors plan to carry signs outside the Red River Women's clinic.

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