Ron Paul, Supporters, & Endorsment...At Pro-Life march...Submitted by christopher X on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 02:12
GREAT JOB RON PAUL & SUPPORTERS!!!
Thousands Protest Roe V. Wade Decision
By SARAH KARUSH – 5 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of abortion opponents marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court on Tuesday in their annual remembrance of the court's Roe v. Wade decision.
A smaller crowd of several dozen abortion-rights supporters held their own rally later, marking the 35th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that established the nationwide right to abortion.
Supreme Court police reported no problems or arrests.
In addition to more typical "Defend life" and "Stop abortion" signs, some in the crowd held banners in support of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
Paul, a libertarian with an anti-war bent, addressed the rally and spoke of his credentials as an obstetrician who has delivered 4,000 babies.
"The debate over when life begins should not be a debate. Let me assure you: All life begins at conception," he said.
The pro-choice rally at the Supreme Court was organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW).
It vowed Tuesday to prevent America lapsing back "to the days when women suffered from health complications after giving birth to 10, 12, or 15 children ... Or died from illegal abortions in back alleys or dirty motel rooms, or were left injured and infertile after botched illegal abortions."
"Now, more than ever, we have to fight to keep Roe alive," said NOW president Kim Gandy, citing decades of challenges from anti-abortion groups and recent "roadblocks" aimed at getting the Supreme Court to reverse the decision.
In April, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on a controversial late-term termination procedure.
In 2006, South Dakota lawmakers made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions except to save a woman's life, but the law was reversed by voters.
Around a quarter of Americans have consistently backed on-demand abortion, a quarter have called for a ban, and half have said abortion should be legal but restricted.
The debate has been part of US politics since Roe versus Wade, and in a presidential election year it is high on the political agenda.
Before the anti-abortion march, Norma McCorvey -- who took the pseudonym "Jane Roe" in the case -- announced her support for Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul since he favors overturning Roe versus Wade.
She said she became a pro-life activist decades after the case was brought in 1970 on her behalf by two women lawyers seeking the right for the then homeless, 22-year-old single mother to terminate her third pregnancy.
"It was 1995, and I was working at an abortion clinic in Dallas," McCorvey told reporters.
"I looked outside and I saw two small children who were playing with dolls, and it just warmed my heart. They asked me to go to church with them. About two months later, I accepted the Lord," said McCorvey, who now heads a Christian ministry.