Washington anti-abortion marchers protest 40 years of legal abortion in the U.S.

By Reuters Staff
January 26, 2013

(Participants in the annual March for Life rally pass the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Anti-abortion activists marched in Washington on Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States 40 years ago.

Condemning abortion as an abuse of human rights, people from across the country participated in the March for Life that takes place annually in the nation’s capital. The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling on January 22, 1973, legalized abortion.

Marchers carrying signs that read “Defend Life” and “De-fund Planned Parenthood” crowded the National Mall in freezing temperatures to hear politicians and activists reject abortion and say that opposition to it was rising.

(Thousands rally on the National Mall for the start of the annual March for Life rally in Washington, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

“Abortion truly is the human rights abuse of today,” said March of Life director Jeanne Monahan. “The new normal is to be pro-life.”

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the protestors that opponents of abortion “stand for love in a world of death.”

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, speaking by video, said he backed bipartisan bills barring government funding for abortion and favored the Hyde Amendment, which largely bans federal funds for abortions except in cases of rape or incest.

Chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go” as they marched under a gray sky and eventually snow, the demonstrators then went to the Supreme Court.

(Participants rally on the National Mall for the start of the annual March for Life rally in Washington, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Pope Benedict voiced his support in a tweet that read, “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”

Organizers had no immediate estimate of the size of the crowd, and U.S. Capitol Police declined to give one.

A recent Pew poll showed that most Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Battles over abortion have largely shifted from federal courts to statehouses.

One marcher, Brad Basinger, 56, of Manassas, Virginia, said that after 40 years he was losing hope that Roe v. Wade could be overturned. “The moral fabric of our nation is starting to slip. This won’t happen in my lifetime,” said Basinger, who was attending his seventh consecutive March for Life.

(Activists hold signs reading “I regret my abortion” onstage as they participate in the annual March for Life rally in Washington, January 25, 2013.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

via Anti-abortion marchers in Washington protest 40 yrs of legal abortion | By Ian Simpson Reuters.

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Yo Yo Hey Hey, Roe v. Wade is here to STAY !!!!

The Rightwing religious lunatic fringe needs to quit trying to legislate their false ‘morality’ on the rest of us. We refuse to be dictated to by a bunch of magical thinking myth believers with imaginary friends. If they don’t like abortion… they don’t need to have one. I feel sorry for the poor girls who were GUILTED, BRAINWASHED and INDOCTRINATED to believe that they did not know what was best for them and their personal situations. No one ‘regrets’ an abortion as they are never taken lightly and a great amount of thought and reflection goes into that decision making process. A decision to be made by the WOMAN, her family and her doctor. NOT a bunch of hypocritical biblethumping nutjobs or the gov’t.

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