Demonstrators crowd National Mall in annual March for Life

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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.Thousands of people under voting age gathered at the National Mall in Washington DC on Thursday for the “largest pro-life event in the world”, the morning after the new Republican-controlled Congress first major failure at restricting abortion access.WASHINGTON — While Republican lawmakers squabbled over a single bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the anti-abortion movement’s leadership found common ground Wednesday discussing long-term strategy at a summit in the nation’s capital.

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 a small related conference the day before, held at a hotel one mile north, revealed significantly more about how the movement plans to overturn the 1973 Roe v. 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.

Many rally attendees, however, knew little to nothing about that or other pieces of legislation and said they attended the rally to invigorate the movement and pray with like-minded individuals. 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. Teresa Cuesta, a University of Florida student who was attending the rally for the first time, was one of many people to say that a candidate’s pro-life credentials matter in the voting booth, but ultimately put the success of their cause in the hands of a higher power. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who has a 7-year-old son with Down syndrome, told the crowd her son has made her even more committed to the anti-abortion fight.

The group, which pledges to “take feminism back from those who have corrupted it,” aims to use online humor and graphics to spread its message — much as opposing groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights do. “We’re going to make the new feminism, the feminism of the future, pro-life feminism,” said Kristen Walker Hatten, also of New Wave Feminists. “We’re meeting the culture where they are — we’re using the humor, language and look of the culture and we’re infiltrating the culture of death. 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. Republican representative Bob Latta, of Ohio, will have hot chocolate and snacks available for marchers who want to meet Latta and discuss “their shared pro-life values.” Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s office is also set for a Thursday afternoon open house, hot chocolate included, for marchers.

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.

We’re letting people know, hey, this exists.” “Even if abortion is made illegal tomorrow, they’re still going to be happening, so we really have to make abortion unthinkable,” Herndon-De La Rosa said. “We show the pro-life movement cares more about women — and their babies — than the abortion rights movement does, which doesn’t care about them,” said O. 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. It cares about securing the goods of the sexual revolution through lethal violence.” Signing on to specific causes beyond restricting abortion access — like paid maternity leave, which the Obama administration has been pushing — wasn’t mentioned during the summit. 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. A group of dissenters led by Republican representative Renee Ellmers, of North Carolina, challenged party leadership on a proposed ban on abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy or later because of its strict exceptions and the effect that Republican support of a bill destined to fail could have on potential voters. Experts ranging from Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agree with that timeline. Pat Castle, CEO of the Vitae Foundation, argued that the decrease in the number of health care clinics performing abortions and the concurrent increase in the number of crisis pregnancy centers proves that the movement is showing compassion for those considering the procedure. “That didn’t just happen itself. Ellmers said she supports that significantly less controversial measure and is open to bringing an amended version of the 20-week ban back to the floor. “It’s unfortunate the way it played out,” Ellmers told reporters Thursday morning. “I think we’re all just going through some growing pains.”

It happened with organizations that we’ve led and encouraged and inspired,” Castle said. “It’s good to see that contrast — in just over 20 years we’ve gone from a 4-to-1 ratio to the opposite. 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. It’s absolutely ineffective.” That research is backed up by the experience of those who stand outside clinics and try to dissuade patients not to obtain abortions, according to Lauren Muzyka, founder of Sidewalk Advocates for Life. About 100 pro-choice demonstrators, many with a group called, 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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