Lawmakers at odds over whether abortion is wrong or a right

4:49 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Forty years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, members of Congress are still at odds over whether abortion is a wrong or a right.

In a House floor speech, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline hailed the 1973 decision as a landmark victory for women's rights and warned of continuing efforts to restrict access to abortion.

But Pennsylvania Republican Glenn Thompson said abortion has denied America all the "cures, innovation and discoveries we would have today from those aborted babies who did not grow up to fulfill the purpose that God had for them."

Cicilline said abortion opponents would like to "turn the clock back on women's health care."

But Thompson said he'll join thousands of them at Friday's March for Life on the National Mall. He said if the U.S. doesn't "protect the born and the unborn, all other values and morals are meaningless."

The Associated Press

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