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At the recent 2012 March for Life in Washington, tens of thousands gathered to renew pledges to overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that abolished restrictions on abortion across the land.
Barack Obama, meanwhile, celebrated the anniversary of the controversial ruling that experts estimate has resulted in the deaths of more than 54 million.
The stark contrast in the two sides of the debate was put in the spotlight over the weekend when the largest player in the nation’s abortion industry, Planned Parenthood, launched a new Twitter-style Web page devoted to promoting its business interests.
Visitors to the site are greeted with user-provided kudos to Roe vs. Wade, which slowly fade in and out on a full screen. The top of the page says: “On January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade recognized that the constitutional right to privacy included a woman’s right to choose abortion.”
Users enter their own Twitter-like comments, telling their story by finishing the phrase “Since Roe …”
- “Since Roe – I was able to not have a child I was unprepared to raise.”
- “Since Roe – The child I raise is my choice – not a consequence.”
- “Since Roe – I wasn’t tied to the wrong man for the rest of my life.”
Bill Taylor of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life reviewed the site and made this observation to WND: “It’s kind of sad. [The site] expresses a lot of hurt and pain and tragedy that never needed to happen, and there are now 54 million people’s stories that will never be told.”
Mark Harrington, executive director of Created Equal, told WND, “Take out the words ‘Since Roe’ from the site and change it to ‘Since killing babies was made legal,’ then read the comments, and they make no sense.”
He continued, “The word ‘Roe’ doesn’t connote killing babies or make it personal.
“You could change it to ‘Since I killed my baby’ and again, the comments make no sense,” he said. “The battle continues, because people don’t connect human life to abortion.”
Meanwhile, Obama marked the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade pledging to “continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”
In Minnesota, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., was greeted with cheers as she pledged, “Knowing that on this 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade we are looking forward to next year, on the 40th anniversary to deliver a victory never before seen, of repealing Roe vs. Wade.”
Bachmann began her speech by honoring the memory of the “little ones who were taken from us over the years, 50 million strong.”
She then labeled Obama as the most “pro-abortion president in the history of the United States,” while pointing out his recent mandate “that the morning after abortion pill be given out, free-of-charge, through private health insurance companies.”
“And in an in-your-face move, in just the week before pro-life Sunday, President Obama stated that religious organizations would lose their 1st Amendment rights to free speech. It would be mandated to offer even if it disagreed with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” she continued.
“Not on our watch.”
Bachmann then described a bill she’s introduced called the “Heartbeat and Informed Choices Act.”
“Every woman that is seeking to have an abortion would be offered the life-giving choice of seeing their baby’s heartbeat, of hearing their baby’s heartbeat,” she said.
“We want them to see that even within their womb is contained a real person with a heart and with a soul,” said Bachmann.
“Some say ‘curse the darkness,’ but we say ‘light a candle,'” said Bachmann.