Demonstrators mark Roe v Wade anniversary
IOL | January 23, 2006
US President George Bush today told abortion opponents they are pursuing “a noble cause” and making a real difference in the campaign to recruit more Americans to stand on their side.
“We’re working to persuade more of our fellow Americans of the rightness of our cause,” the president told abortion foes gathered at the foot of Capitol Hill on a chilly, rainy day.
He spoke by telephone from Manhattan, Kansas, where he was to give a speech.
“This is a cause that appeals to the conscience of our citizens and is rooted in America’s deepest principle,” the president said. “And history tells us that with such a cause we will prevail.”
Supporters of abortion held a rally yesterday, marking the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v Wade ruling, and urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, the highest US tribunal that rules on many contentious social issues.
They held a candlelight vigil in front of the court, waving signs that read: “Alito-No Justice For Women,” and “Keep Abortion Legal.”
After the rally on the National Mall, the demonstrators were marching to the Capitol building and the nearby Supreme Court.
Other rallies were being held across the country.
In St Paul, Minnesota, Katie Whitte braved below-freezing temperatures outside the state capitol building to march for the first time against abortion.
“This year is special for me because I am a mother out of wedlock,” said Whitte, 20, whose daughter is five-months-old. “I wanted to get the message out that life is important. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are.”
Whitte was among thousands of abortion opponents who rallied across the nation over the weekend, many of whom said they were heartened by Bush’s choice of Alito.
The nation’s high court made abortion legal on January 22, 1973.
Thirty-four states have since passed laws requiring parents either to be notified or to give consent when their underage daughters seek abortions.
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