Santorum, Rand Paul lead abortion opposition March for Life
January 25th, 2013
02:34 PM ET
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Santorum, Rand Paul lead abortion opposition March for Life

(CNN) - Opponents of abortion congregated on the National Mall in Washington on Friday and counted several prominent members of Congress and other political figures among their ranks.

The demonstrators at the March for Life marked the 40th anniversary earlier this week of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of abortion rights in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade.

"Give these poor children who are all too often if they're discovered in the womb to have a disability, all too often aborted, please give them a chance," said Rick Santorum, the former senator and 2012 presidential candidate. "Welcome them into our home as you here welcome them into our human family."

His plea was very personal: Santorum and his wife, Karen, are raising a four-year-old, Bella, who suffers from the developmental disorder Trisomy 18. Many children born with the disorder either die before birth or before their first month, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Santorum put on hold his White House run and eventually ended after his daughter was repeatedly hospitalized, and as the electoral math made winning the GOP nomination unlikely.

"One of our little ones is not here, but she made quite an impression on this country as a result of the race that we were involved in last year," he said. "And what we saw from our little girl, a little girl that we were encouraged to abort, we were encouraged to abort her, because well, she was going to be saddled with disabilities and it would be better for her. But we all know that death is never better."

Sen. Rand Paul, a first-term Kentucky Republican who is a physician, spoke about times he looked "into the eyes of one-pound babies … cradled their small bodies in the palm of one hand."

"I believe that great nations and great civilizations spring from a people who have a moral compass," Paul said. "Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment. I believe our country is in need of a revival."

House Speaker John Boehner recorded a video message for the event and spoke about the importance for the anti-abortion movement of "defining human rights as the issue of our time because human life is not an economic or political commodity and no government on earth has the right to treat it as such."

Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican and strong opponent of abortion, blasted the "infamous, reckless, and inhumane abandonment of women and babies to the abortionists."

"Know this, Mr. President, the pro-life movement is not only on the side of compassion, justice, and inclusion, we are on the right side of responsible science and of history," he said, directing his remarks at President Barack Obama.

Other speakers at the event included faith leaders, anti-abortion activists, and women who said they regretted having abortions.

They bundled up, braving wind chill temperatures in the mid-20s for the rally in the shadow of the Capitol. As attendees left the rally to march up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building, snow began to fall.

"When the Supreme Court made their decision forty years ago they certainly didn't do us any favors," said Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black, "but they certainly didn't do us any favors in doing it in January. Yet despite that, the threat of snow and ice did not keep you all away. Thank you so much for being here today."


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Aren't right wingers funny?

    1, The Supreme Court rules that abortion is a legal right that cannot be taken away. Yet, the right wingers are quick to pass laws that deny that right or make it difficult to obtain.

    2. The Supreme Court rules that government cannot take people's guns away, but has the right to regulate the nature of the guns that people can buy. Yet, the right wingers yell that government is coming for their guns whenever anyone even wants to discuss the possibility of working within the framework defined by the SCOTUS.

    Hypocrites. And, it is most transparent. It's why the Tea Party has a single digit approval rating and the Republican Party is racing to the bottom right with them.

    January 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    55 million babies killed since Roe v Wade. Pitiful.

    January 25, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. freedom

    Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned, and most of these protestors know this. However, taxpayer dollars should not be allotted to this, nor should businesses be mandated under Obamacare to cover it in their health care plans. Other than that, it's between the woman, her doctor, her family and her God. I also believe the term pro-life is for everyone, not one philosophy vs another.

    January 25, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The simply can't bring themselves to take a sensible point of view. Their religion rules them.

    January 25, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Moose

    Pro life and pro gun are different discussions. Is it ok for bamman to give guns to the cartel to kill border agents ???

    January 25, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Divine Word Radio

    David C.

    Safe and legal abortion is not safer than making it illegal. There are only more people to die as a result of more abortions.

    January 25, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    blah blah blah....evil. blah blah blah....the bible....blah blah blah....MYOB

    January 25, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Divine Word Radio

    Larry L

    Christians love to rant about the evils of abortion, because abortion is evil. Does it ever occur to you that 55 million dead citizens have made this country poorer, and lowered our tax base? Or, that whether it did or didn't, we don't kill people to improve our lives?

    January 25, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Dr Matrix

    I am pro-choice. In my PERSONAL life I would not CHOOSE abortion for my parter but respect her CHOISE. And there are situations where I would CHOOSE abortion based on my PERSONAL beliefs. I would not let some religious fanatic, perverted Preist or ignorant politician my the decision for me.

    January 25, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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