Roe vs Wade remembered

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Kenneth Rapozo leads a line of about 50 pro-life people in observing the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, Tuesday along Kaumuali‘i Hwy in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Rita Mitchell of Vancouver, Canada is joined by Sherrie and Ed Timmes of Florida, Monday in observing the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, Tuesday along Kaumuali‘i Hwy in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Dominique Matayoshi and her grandson Ikaika Doctolero spend time with the pro-life people observing the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, Tuesday along Kaumuali‘i Highway in Lihue. Matayoshi was born on the date the decision legalizing abortion was handed down.

LIHUE — Dominique Matayoshi celebrated a special day Tuesday along Kaumualii Highway fronting Kukui Grove Center.

“I was born on the day the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion was handed down, Jan. 22, 1973,” Matayoshi said. “That’s why I have my sign, ‘Honk! Your mother chose life.’ I had to come and spend a couple of hours with these people.”

Matayoshi and her grandson, Ikaika Doctolero, 2, were among nearly 50 people who manned signs against abortion.

“We’re just pro-life,” said Kenneth Rapozo. “We used to do this every month on the date of the Roe vs. Wade decision. Ten years. Every month, I did it for 10 years in front of the Wilcox Hospital. Then, they stopped doing abortions and sent the girls to Honolulu so we moved to Rice Street in front of the Planned Parenthood office. They closed their doors, so now, we just do this once a year, on the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.”

The sign wavers took to the sidewalk from 10 a.m. until noon, getting responses of honking from passing motorists.

The Kauai group was just one of many across the county that paused to remember the Roe vs. Wade decision.

“We get all kinds (of reactions),” Rapozo said. “After all this time, we get people who honk, and we also get the names.”

Rita Mitchell is visiting from Vancouver, Canada, and joined them.

“I brought four other people with me,” Mitchell said. “We do this in Canada, too. We heard about this after attending an assisted suicide presentation at the St. Raphael Church so we had to come to stop people from pulling babies apart.”

Sherrie and Ed Timmes of Florida said they attended mass at St. Catherine Church and heard about the anniversary observance.

“We were moved to come and support this,” Sherrie said. “This is such a beautiful island. Ed is also a Knights of Columbus. I just didn’t see the secret handshake.”

The group later met under the shade of a monkeypod tree for a silent prayer.

“Sixty million babies,” Mitchell said. “That’s how many babies we lost in 46 years.”


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or

  1. Pete Antonson January 23, 2019 6:05 pm Reply

    Another way to put it is sixty million woman did not fall prey to the Honorary Catholic Coat Hangar. Many of them went on to complete their law degrees, or medical degrees, or have families under the shelter of marriage.
    Finally, and perhaps most important, do you think we care, even for a New York Minute (NYM), what these uptight, judgmental, controllers of bodies not their own, have on their incredulously narrow minds? We don’t. Not for a NYM!

  2. kauaiboy January 23, 2019 8:40 pm Reply

    I rode by the demonstration. I honor people’s decision to decline abortion for themselves. I object to being told that I wrong in supporting abortion for those who choose to terminate a pregnancy. 60 millions lives lost? That’s 60 million less souls draining the resources of our finite planet. And how many unplanned pregnancies that go to term end up with kids whose parents split up, and who lives are unhappy or worse?

    The kicker was a big lady at the end of the protest line waving a huge flag around that read “Trump 2020…Keep America Great Again”. That did it for me. Those Evangelicals and Catholics who support Trump for one reason…that he declares an anti-abortion attitude…need to understand that this man-child of a President will say whatever it takes to keep these clueless folks in his dwindling base. Trump does not hold values. He changes them to whatever suits his cronies and his pocketbook and those he admires, or those he is beholden to: Putin, Kim Jong Un, Erdogan, and other despots. He is swindling all of us, and he does not care for life. Examine the separation of refugee kids from their parents at our southern border, or his disregard for government programs that help feed the needy.

    Trust me: anyone but Trump in 2020, but preferably a black woman who is the antithesis of this racist, bigoted, hateful madman.

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