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Thousands of anti-abortion activists rally at Texas Capitol

Perry takes cues from Scripture to mark 40th year since Roe v. Wade
By Peggy Fikac | January 26, 2013

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry, finding biblical significance in the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, assured thousands of activists at Saturday's Rally for Life at the Texas Capitol that this legislative session will build on past efforts to restrict abortion.

"The ideal world is one without abortion. Until then, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible," Perry told a crowd.

Joined by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and anti-abortion groups, Perry said he was with "men and women who understand those Biblical stories."

"When God sent the flood waters, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Only Noah and those on his ark survived," Perry said. "When Jesus entered the desert and was tested by the devil, he fasted for 40 days, and he rejected the devil's temptations. When the Israelites went out into the wilderness, they wandered lost for 40 years

"Last week, America began its 40th year lost under the rule of Roe versus Wade," he said. "It's a tragic time for our nation's own moral wilderness."

The Republican leaders reiterated their commitment to building on laws such as those requiring a sonogram before a woman has an abortion and parental consent for a minor to have the procedure, and withholding money from Planned Parenthood clinics.

"I know this session, working together, we'll be able to cement the fact that Texas is the most pro-family, pro-life, pro-value state in America," Dewhurst declared.

Abbott said one of the state's great responsibilities is "to give every child a chance in life."

Perry reiterated his support at the really for measures to "ensure the safety of women that undergo this procedure" by holding abortion clinics to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and requiring any doctor performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital.

Foes slam agenda

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, which promotes the right to abortion, said Perry and lawmakers should instead focus on preventive health, education and other services that Texans need after budget cuts made in 2011. The group said family planning clinics have closed around Texas, and noted the controversy over barring Planned Parenthood from a program that provides health screenings and contraceptives to women.

"The legislation Governor Perry referenced in his speech at the rally today has absolutely nothing to do with the health and safety of women and does nothing to reduce the need for abortions," Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement. "The best way to ensure the safety of Texas women who seek abortions is to make that service accessible to them. Texans do not want to return to the days of women dying from self-induced abortions, pre-Roe v. Wade."

Church youth outing

Joe Landin, 45, of Waller, said he and his wife each year bring students to the annual rally from their Tomball church's youth group. He said it's valuable for the students to hear the mistakes others have made.

One activist spoke at the rally of the sorrow she still feels decades after having an abortion as a college student, and her subsequent work to ensure other women know they have alternatives.

"We're not perfect. We just strive to be the best we can," Landin said. "That's the message we want to bring out to our children."

Mary Ann Wolfshohl, 48, of San Antonio, attended the rally with her daughters. "It's a heavy thing to be involved in. There's a lot of sadness," Wolfshohl said.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Thousands-of-anti-abortion-activists-rally-at-4226244.php  

by on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM
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imamomzilla
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM
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 That's a terrible analogy. I hope you are not comparing a criminal to a baby.

Quoting emeraldangel2.0:

how ironic

one of the most pro-death penalty states having a rally for "life"

rolling on floor

 



Billiejeens
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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<crickets>

Quoting Billiejeens:

 

How do you feel it is ironic?

Quoting emeraldangel2.0:

how ironic

one of the most pro-death penalty states having a rally for "life"

rolling on floor

 

 


 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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I agree!


Quoting imamomzilla:

 That's a terrible analogy. I hope you are not comparing a criminal to a baby.


Quoting emeraldangel2.0:


how ironic


one of the most pro-death penalty states having a rally for "life"


rolling on floor


 


jcribb16
by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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Thanks for sharing.  Our little bitty country town had one this past weekend. For such a little town, it's amazing how many show up for this.  It's so sad to see all of the crosses that represent babies killed through abortions.

I thought it interesting how he used the 40 years as compared to God's signicant use of "40" in the Bible.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM
I hope all these anti abortion nuts are willing to adopt all these babies and do it with zero govt help. Actually, don't they realize Roe vs Wade is Never gonna get overturned. Make your decision but not for others.
Ednarooni160
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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Quoting Anonymous:

I hope all these anti abortion nuts are willing to adopt all these babies and do it with zero govt help. Actually, don't they realize Roe vs Wade is Never gonna get overturned. Make your decision but not for others.

Hoping for something to happen (adoption) and actually KNOWING that babies are being slaughtered isn't even a GOOD analogy.  We "know" people "want" to adopt..(even Putin put a clink on adopting kids from Russia).... AND we all know tax dollars do end up getting used for abortions also..how about THAT not happening.


blondekosmic15
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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Quoting Anonymous:

Lol, that is. Sick of people butting in on others lives. Haven't seen you in a while. Back with the same ole posts.

Have no clue who you are. Abortion is murder. Not going to be silent when millions of lil' babies are being slaughtered in this Country. I could care less what you do with your body but pls wait til the innocent baby is born. Someone loved you enough or you wouldn't be here. The unborn child deserves the same chance to enter this world as you have~

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 


Quoting Anonymous:

Idiots!

Anything intelligent to say....



 

blondekosmic15
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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Quoting Anonymous:

I hope all these anti abortion nuts are willing to adopt all these babies and do it with zero govt help. Actually, don't they realize Roe vs Wade is Never gonna get overturned. Make your decision but not for others.

More rhetoric from the pro-abortion crowd. I've been a prolife advocate for more than 30 yrs. I'm familiar with all the lies & propaganda from the Planned Parenthoods & abortion sympathizers since Jan 22, 1973. There are numerous ways to help both mother & child. Education, volunteer @ your local woman's health clinic, Crisis Pregnancy Centers, provide financial assistance, necessity items, spiritual guidance, medical care, adoption referral, friendship, legislation etc. It's not feasible for everyone to adopt.

You may make your own decisions but when you support killing unborn children, those who respect the sanctity of human life will not be silent. Anonymous, I have a question for you. Since you believe a woman can kill her unborn child, will you be there if she experiences depression, has suicidal thoughts, serious health issues from her abortion? Many women do experience mental and physical repercussions post abortion. Sometimes yrs later. Often marriages & relationships are severely damaged because of the abortion. Will you be there to offer comfort to these women? Some women become very depressed on the anniversary of the day they had their abortion. The memories are very painful. Will you be a lifelong friend to these women? Can they contact you for moral support & friendship? You do support abortion, Anonymous. Pls take the responsibility to help women suffering after they choose abortion. You like to accuse prolife advocates of shunning their responsibility. I find it hypocritical of you to point fingers. Take the splinter from your own eye~

blondekosmic15
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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Quoting jcribb16:

Thanks for sharing.  Our little bitty country town had one this past weekend. For such a little town, it's amazing how many show up for this.  It's so sad to see all of the crosses that represent babies killed through abortions.

You're welcome Juju. Makes you weep for these lil' ones. The gov't nor any law has the moral or legal right to deprive life from a precious innocent child.

Ronald Reagan

“I've noticed everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”


Ronald Reagan
 
 

I thought it interesting how he used the 40 years as compared to God's signicant use of "40" in the Bible.  

The significance of the # 40 in the Bible is very interesting. My favorite is when Jesus fasted for 40 days & nights in the desert. Lucifer tried to discourage Jesus but Jesus rebuked him. The devil's arrogance & pride was overpowered by the wisdom and strength of Our Lord~+

VeronicaTex
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:34 AM
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I believe it is important to remember :  "Someone loved us enough, or we wouldn't be here."

Veronica-One who believes in the sanctity of life


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