Abortion Foes March in DC

Boehner promises push to make abortion a 'relic of the past'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 25, 2013 6:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the Supreme Court today to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. The annual event took on added significance for many in the crowd because it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 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.

John Boehner addressed the crowd via video and promised to push for a permanent ban on the use of federal funds for abortions. But that's just part of the picture, he added:

  • "(I)t is becoming more and more important for us to share this truth with our young people, to encourage them to lock arms, speak out for life, and help make abortion a relic of the past. Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year." LifeNews has his full remarks.

Anti-abortion protesters and supporters of legal abortion stand in front of the Supreme Court Friday.
Anti-abortion protesters and supporters of legal abortion stand in front of the Supreme Court Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Capitol to the Supreme Court Friday.
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Capitol to the Supreme Court Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion activists march past the Capitol in Washington Friday.
Anti-abortion activists march past the Capitol in Washington Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Abortion rights protesters hold signs as anti-abortion activists march past the Capitol.
Abortion rights protesters hold signs as anti-abortion activists march past the Capitol.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Sisters from the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ Franciscan community in  Prayer Town, Texas, join the march.
Sisters from the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ Franciscan community in Prayer Town, Texas, join the march.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Supreme Court Friday.
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Supreme Court Friday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Capitol to the Supreme Court.
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Capitol to the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Supreme Court.
Anti-abortion protesters march past the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Anti-abortion demonstrators march to the Supreme Court.
Anti-abortion demonstrators march to the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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