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Pro-testers make their voices heard at the annual Roe v. Wade demonstrations in Washington D.C.

It’s a serious and complicated issue. However, this annual protest, in which everyone is “pro-something”, seems to have degenerated into costumes, cartoon characters and angry yelling. I’d like both sides to simply back off and calm down.

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A man dressed as George Washington is saluted by Jim Griffin of Fort Washington, Maryland, who is dressed as Captain American, while they stand outside the Supreme Court building and cheer on thousands of anti-abortion marchers during the March for Life on Jan. 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The annual march marks the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court that made abortion legal in the United States.

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Pro-life and pro-choice supporters square off in an argument during a demonstration marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

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Demonstrators argue in front of the Supreme Court during the March for Life on Monday.

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The Supreme Court building is reflected in the sunglasses of a pro-life supporter.