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John Boehner: Ending Abortion Is 'One Of Our Most Fundamental Goals This Year'
January 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

John Boehner: Ending Abortion Is 'One Of Our Most Fundamental Goals This Year'


As hundreds of thousands of people braved sub-freezing temperatures in Washington, D.C., on Friday to join the anti-abortion protest March for Life, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took the opportunity to reiterate his commitment to banning abortion in America for good.

Addressing the crowd at the National Mall via video broadcast, Boehner said it's time for anti-abortion activisits to "commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life." Step one, he said, is making permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions except in cases of rape or incest.

"For the new Congress, that means bringing together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work," Boehner said. "In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment."

Boehner said he will make it a national priority to "help make abortion a relic of the past."

"Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year," he said.

The March for Life attracted a diverse crowd of young and old protesters from across the country. Hundreds of parents had bundled up their infants and toddlers and strapped protest signs to their strollers. Michael Kennedy, 33, and his wife Bethany, who is pregnant, drove their four children down from Westerly, Rhode Island to stand in 20-degree weather on the Mall.

"They're troopers," Bethany told HuffPost. "We felt like we have a responsibility just to be a witness to everyone else, to see that this is life, our children. We needed to be here."

Several lawmakers made it out to the protest to address the crowd in person. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) touted a bill she recently introduced that would strip Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a sermon that called for a "spiritual cleansing."

"Our nation is adrift, adrift in a wilderness where right and wrong have become subservient to a hedonism of the moment," Paul said. "I believe our country is in need of a spiritual cleansing."

He added, "We much preach a gospel so full of compassion, a gospel so full of justice that it cannot be resisted. Then and only then will the law again protect the innocent."

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Eric Fehrnstrom, senior campaign adviser for Mitt Romney, said on Sunday that issues pertaining to women's reproductive rights, such as abortion and birth control, were "shiny objects" meant to distract voters from the real issues. 

"Mitt Romney is pro-life," he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "He'll govern as a pro-life president, but you're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election."




Replies

  • parentalrights1
    January 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM
    Well they need to start good sexual education and support women more. No more slut shaming and no more abstinence only education.

    Yeah right. They just want to be right and feel like they can control someone and feel morally superior
  • Citygirlk
    January 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Sigh, but yet still he wants to cut social programs. I wonder how many kids he's adopted.

  • blondekosmic15
    January 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Protecting human life IS our most fundamental goal. When you claim you care about the poor, the sick, the less fortunate, those who are suffering, you are being insincere if you support abortion. A failure to protect the most innocent of all human beings. A voice for the voiceless~ 

  • blondekosmic15
    January 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM

     

    Quoting parentalrights1:

    Well they need to start good sexual education and support women more. No more slut shaming and no more abstinence only education.

    Yeah right. They just want to be right and feel like they can control someone and feel morally superior

     Arrogance and insensitivity on your part...

  • parentalrights1
    January 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM
    Oh I don't even want to hear about arrogance coming from you. You are the last person who should be calling anyone thay


    Quoting blondekosmic15:

     


    Quoting parentalrights1:

    Well they need to start good sexual education and support women more. No more slut shaming and no more abstinence only education.

    Yeah right. They just want to be right and feel like they can control someone and feel morally superior

     Arrogance and insensitivity on your part...


  • sweet-a-kins
    January 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM


    Quoting blondekosmic15:

    Protecting human life IS our most fundamental goal. When you claim you care about the poor, the sick, the less fortunate, those who are suffering, you are being insincere if you support abortion. A failure to protect the most innocent of all human beings. A voice for the voiceless~ 

    This is a perfect example, ANOTHER ONE, that republicans don't get it...and will continue to lose elections


    As if we needed any more proof that conservatives hate women.  Thanks to @www.democraticunderground.com
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