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Jan242011

Activists at March for Life Rally Demand Tougher Abortion Laws

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Anti-abortion activists convened in Washington, D.C. Monday to protest the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the 38th anniversary of which fell on Saturday, as Republican lawmakers ratcheted up their rhetoric and vowed to step up the fight against abortion.

"We are here because Roe v. Wade is bad law. We are here because we believe it was wrongly decided," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. "We believe Roe v. Wade has led to a three-and-a-half-decades-long holocaust in the United States of America and it amounts to a stain on our national conscience and it's time for it to end."

Wicker, who for years has attempted to pass his "Life at Conception Act," announced that he will reintroduce the bill in the Senate Tuesday. The legislation would establish that human life begins at conception and calls for legal protection for fetuses.

"It's time for the 14th Amendment protection to be afforded to the unborn," he said.

The rally comes as the new Republican Majority House has made abortion one of its top priorities and reopened the controversial debate. Last week, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, introduced legislation that would ban federal funding for abortion, calling it one of the House's "top legislative priorities."

On Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor vowed to continue fighting on the issue.

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