Bay County Vigil Marks Supreme Court Abortion Decision

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WASHINGTON – Anti-abortion demonstrators crowded the National Mall yesterday for an annual march coinciding with a landmark U.S. Tens of thousands participated in the annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday, commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v.Except for a 40-minute delay at the Supreme Court, where pro-choice demonstrators blocked the street and refused to leave until police took some of them into custody, the march went off smoothly, under mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures.

The crowd, which poured in from all corners of the country, roared when they heard that Pope Francis tweeted the march’s motto, “Every life is a gift,” and the hashtag #marchforlife on his @Pontifex Twitter feed. “We are the pro-life generation and we will not remain idle. The march’s images have become familiar over the years: habited monks and nuns, large groups of high school and college students in matching hats and scarves, and representatives of every imaginable religious tradition, from Mormons to Orthodox Jews. It is our job to protect our brothers and sisters in the womb and their right to life,” said Julia Johnson, a senior at Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. They’ve depicted abortion as an immoral, dangerous and painful procedure sought by misguided women who will undoubtedly regret their decision, and they’ve used those myths to justify a slew of new laws and restrictions. But this year, the shadow of unexpected news from congressional Republicans loomed as the protesters gathered just blocks away from the Capitol building.

The Catholic school had closed this week, so eight busloads of students, teachers and chaperones could drive for 24 hours to the march and carry the lead banner. A pro-choice activist is arrested and carried away by US Capitol police after blocking the road against the March For Life’s path in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, January 22, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) A pro-choice activist is arrested and carried away by US Capitol police after blocking the road against the March For Life’s path in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, January 22, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) A pro-choice activist is arrested by U.S. Less than one-quarter of 1 percent of abortions performed in the United States lead to major health complications, according to a 2014 study from the University of California, San Francisco, that tracked 55,000 women for six weeks after their abortions. Wade because we believe everyone should decide for themselves whether, when, and with whom to have a family.” In Congress, House GOP leaders decided to cancel a vote scheduled for Thursday on an abortion bill sponsored by Rep.

The vote came hours after lawmakers abruptly abandoned another bill banning most late-term abortions because a rebellion led by female Republican lawmakers left them short of votes. Franks’ bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and provides exceptions for women’s health and in cases of rape and incest of a minor when reported. “On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, today’s action in the House is a vivid reminder of the constant attack women are under from politicians who—unlike most Americans—refuse to trust us and allow us to control our own bodies and make our own decisions about our lives,” she said in a statement. The Guttmacher Institute also found that medical abortions increased substantially from 2008 to 2011, meaning more women have ended their pregnancies with this alternative to surgery. Tim Scott, and an ultrasound technician and a pregnancy shelter director, who described the services they perform in offering alternatives to abortion.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican and a leader of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, said her son, who was born with that distinctive chromosomal anomaly, has strengthened her convictions that every life matters. While many women experience mixed emotions after an abortion, 95 percent of women who have abortions ultimately feel they have made the right decision, according to an August 2013 study from UCSF. “Experiencing negative emotions postabortion is different from believing that abortion was not the right decision,” the researchers explained. The APA found that past studies claiming abortion causes depression and other mental health problems consistently failed to account for other risk factors, particularly a woman’s medical history. Christopher Smith, New Jersey Republican, said the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which he introduced, is necessary to end people’s “complicity” in paying for abortions, especially when they oppose the procedures.

Experts ranging from Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree with that timeline. Perhaps misrepresentation of research is partly to blame: Many of the researchers most frequently cited by pro-life politicians told The New York Times that their research does not prove anything about fetal pain. Most of the shouts were simply, “Life!” but a few groups chanted, “Hey Obama, yo mama chose life,” or sang to the tune of Psy’s Gangnum Style, “Ohhh, save the babies.

Oh, oh, oh, marchin’ pro-life style!” Sara Silander, a 21-year-old senior from Jacksonville, Florida, who is president of Georgia Tech Students for Life, said, “I have always been taught that we should respect the dignity of everyone, including the unborn. We’ve always been told to protect the minorities, the impoverished and everyone, and that is so important, but we have also include the unborn.” “I drove all the way from Michigan with my friends to be here. I believe that little babies are just as precious inside of the womb as they are outside of it,” said Stephanie Mestizy, 25. “I loved that the pope tweeted about [the March for Life],” said Kathleen Gathright, 19, who helped organize six buses of students — including their drum corps — from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. About 100 pro-choice demonstrators, many with a group called StopPatriarchy.org, stood in the road — surrounded by police — chanting, “Abortion on demand, without apology.” After about a half-hour, the police sought to clear the road. These barriers particularly affect women living in rural areas and low-income women, who often can’t afford to take time off work and pay for gas and a hotel room.

Other laws force women to go through potentially distressing procedures, such as viewing their own ultrasound photos, in order to move forward with an abortion. Currently, 22 states require abortion clinics to meet a set of restrictive and often arbitrary standards, dictating that they be close to hospitals and that their hallways and closets meet certain measurements.

What’s more, 11 states now require that doctors at abortion clinics obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, but many hospitals flat-out refuse to grant these privileges.

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