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PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY’S MASSIVE PRO-LIFE RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY’S MASSIVE PRO-LIFE RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The pro-life gathering is held each year around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Credit: Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pro-life demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

The annual event took on added significance for many in the crowd since it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion in some circumstances. The demonstrators, carrying signs with messages such as “Defend Life” and “Defund Planned Parenthood,” shouted chants including “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.” They packed the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March of Life.

“I just felt this 40th year marked a huge anniversary for the law,” said one demonstrator, Pam Tino, 52, of Easton, Mass, who also participated several years ago. “Forty is a very important year in the Bible as well, in terms of years in the desert. And I just felt like maybe this year that was going to be something miraculous that might happen. We might see something going forward with the cause.”

With the re-election of President Barack Obama, she added, “we just have our walking papers. Now we just feel like we have to keep the battle up.”

The large turnout reflected the ongoing relevance of the abortion debate four decades after the decision.

It remains a divisive issue with no dramatic shift in viewpoint on either side; a new Pew Research Center poll finds 63 percent of U.S. adults opposed to overturning Roe, compared to 60 percent in 1992. Earlier this week, abortion opponents marked the anniversary with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on abortion rights. And even as Obama this week reaffirmed his commitment to “reproductive freedom,” state legislatures continue to consider varied restrictions on a woman’s ability to receive an abortion.

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Among the speakers at Friday’s rally was Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and staunch abortion opponent who last year unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also spoke at the event.

Santorum recalled the love and support the country showed for his young daughter, Bella, who was born with a serious genetic condition and whose illness led him to take some time off from the campaign trail. He cited his daughter’s life – “she is joyful, she is sweet, she is all about love” – as a reason to discourage abortion even in instances when women are told that it would be “better” for their unborn children to have one.

“We all know that death is never better – never better. Really what it’s about is saying is it would be easier for us, not better for her,” he said. “And I’m here to tell you … Bella is better for us and we are better because of Bella.”

He said the anti-abortion cause was made up of people who every day advocate for their position outside abortion clinics and at crisis pregnancy centers.

“This movement is not a bunch of moralizers standing on their mountaintop preaching what is right,” Santorum said.

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 26: Former GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) (L) adjusts his daughter Isabella’s hat during a news conference. Credit: Getty Images

Photos From Fridays Massive Pro Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 25: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

One demonstrator, Mark Fedarko, 44, of Cleveland, said he regularly stands outside of abortion clinics in hopes of discouraging women from going inside.

“There’s God’s law and man’s law,” he said. But I follow God’s law first. Like it says right here, thou shall not kill. That’s the end of the story. We need to protect these children.”

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emeraldangel2.0
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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. But I follow God’s law first. Like it says right here, thou shall not kill. That’s the end of the story. We need to protect these children.”

I suggest stop standing outside of abortion clinics and start standing outside of CPS buildings.

jessilin0113
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM
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I admire their passion but wish they would change their focus to something useful.  I suppose it makes them feel better to give themselves moral high fives without actually addressing real solutions to the problem.  

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:15 AM
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Wow. This is heartening. Nice to see a positive protest.

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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Looks like the ranks against abortion are growing and that is a good thing.

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM
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I have a novel concept. It's kind of crazy, so prepare yourselves...







If you don't approve of abortion, don't have one! It really is that simple.
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mikiemom
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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It didn't impact the commute - the snow did more damage -wasn't that massive. Not enough to make a differenc. Oh and you are not protesting for babies you are protesting because you want women to not have choices in their own reproductive rights.

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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Too bad there's a lot of proof that says pro life people have abortions as well.
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mom2the.rescue
by Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

In those pictures, I see a lot of Baby Boomer aged people and college aged people...Neither generation imo fully understands the world today kwim?  They're either just starting out or grew up with SAHMs & pensions...

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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A peaceful protest is a good thing to see.

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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I disagree that they do not understand today's world...

Especially the older generation that were alive before and after Roe v Wade.



Quoting mom2the.rescue:

In those pictures, I see a lot of Baby Boomer aged people and college aged people...Neither generation imo fully understands the world today kwim?  They're either just starting out or grew up with SAHMs & pensions...

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