October 26, 2012 (ROCKFORD) -- Members from the Rockford Pro- Life Initiative take to the streets of downtown rockford with hopes that their messageis heard loud and clear before november's general election.
"Rockford needs jobs, housing, education. It does not need abortion," said Kevin Rilot.
Kevin Rilot and Danny McCarty are two of many members who rallied near the campaign offices of Carl Wasco, who is the candidate for the 68th district, and Steve Stadelman, who is the candidate for the 34th district.
"I don't kill babies. My poster shows that there's a baby dead because of abortion. I just... I'm the messanger. I'm just showing people what's going on, and today, the message is Steve Stadelman is getting money from Planned Parenthood. Him and Carl Wasco," said Danny McCarty.
Carl Wasco responded in a statement issued today, "I am supported by planned parenthood and personal pac because I believe that women have every right to make their own health decisions and my opponent opposes this in all cases even in those of rape and incest."
And Steve Stadelman said in a statement issued today, "People should be aware that Planned Parenthood's purpose is to prevent unintended pregnancies. Mr. Gambino has clearly aligned himself with groups that want to limit women's options for reproductive health care."
In response to the pro-life rallies, the Winnebago County Citizens for Choice held a counter-rally.
They were stationed near the campaign offices of John Cabello, who is running against Wasco for the 34th district, and Frank Gambino, who is the candidate for the 68th district against Steve Stadelman.
Both republicans have publicly stated they are opposed to abortion.