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Anti-abortion group targeting Idaho high schools

Anti-abortion group targeting Idaho high schools

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A North Idaho group protesting abortion is targeting high schools in the area to get their message across, and their latest stop was Coeur d'Alene High School.

The group Abolitionist Society of North Idaho is targeting schools every day until Thursday, handing out fliers with graphic images to spread their word to the students.

"Basically any high school around here we consider an opportunity to bring our message," said Scott Herndon with the Abolitionist Society of North Idaho.

The faith-based group Abolish Human Abortion did the same thing at Sandpoint High School in January. Their message is that abortion at any time is murder and God says it's wrong.

"God says in Genesis 9:6 that human beings are created in his image and therefore other human beings may not murder them," said Herndon.

In Idaho, women under the age of 18 are required to have permission from a parent to get an abortion. In Washington no parental permission is required. Herndon said that's why they're targeting high school girls with their message.

"Of those 1.2 million abortions per year about 420,000 are obtained by the ages of girls between 12 and 19," Herndon said.

The anti-abortion group's protest wasn't a surprise, and Coeur d'Alene High School's principal, Warren Olson, asked for an increased police patrol this week and informed parents about the protest.

"They sent out an email, they warned everybody ahead of time and they also sent out a reminder and I thought that was great," said parent Marina Green.

Olson also reminded students that learning comes first.

"This is a school day, it's a typical school day. There just happens to be people outside handing you literature," Olson said.

Protesters didn't wave graphic signs but their 20-page pamphlet did have one graphic image of a 10-week old aborted fetus. The group acknowledged graphic signs might come out sometime this week.

"I just think it's kinda ridiculous to force your opinion on everybody else, but I think everybody here is going to be mature and leave them alone," Coeur d'Alene High School junior Mackenzie Krapfl said.

The next stop for the Abolitionist Society is Post Falls High School.