Thursday’s March For Life event was, as it always has been, a huge success. While marchers in 2014 had to brave the snow, the weather held up beautifully for the thousands who joined together in Washington, DC for the main event. All told, around 200,000 people descended into DC for the march. And although the mainstream media failed (again) to cover the enormous gathering, pictures can be found across the pro-life blogosphere. Pope Francis even sent out a tweet of support:
Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015
President Obama sent out a tweet as well, but obviously with a slightly different perspective. He even went so far as to call abortion a core constitutional right. This year’s march also brought out some pro-aborts, who managed to illegally block the march for 40 minutes before being arrested. It was a memorable day that started rather stressfully as news from Congress the evening prior shocked pro-lifers across the nation.
As covered at RedState extensively, plans for a House vote on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks was scrapped Wednesday evening when the GOP couldn’t agree on the language. Reportedly a group of mostly female GOPers took issue with the rape exception in the bill. Specifically, the bill required women to report their rape to the authorities before they could obtain an abortion; a common sense measure that would prevent women from lying about rape to get an abortion. Unfortunately, some in the House were seemingly uncomfortable with asking women to be responsible before killing their child.
Instead, the House voted and passed a bill that would prevent federal funding from being used for abortion services. Obama is expected to veto the bill, as he would have the 20 week abortion ban, should it make its way to his desk. Pro-lifers let their frustration with the flap be known and the issue is certainly far from over.
Following those events, many pro-lifers attended the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. The event, described as “the unofficial kickoff to the 2016 presidential race in Iowa,” featured a long list of prominent speakers and presidential hopefuls. Among those considered to be eying the presidency, Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina spoke on the issue of abortion. Who do you think would best represent pro-lifers in the Oval Office? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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