Sunday, January 24, 2010

Abortion and healthcare

Players in the abortion debate gathering in Washington, D.C., and around the country Friday are focused on the prospect of a health care overhaul.

On the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, health care "is really the big issue," says Mary Lou Gartner of Penn Hills, Pa., political chairwoman of People Concerned for the Unborn Child.

Gartner helped arrange 120 buses of abortion protesters from southwestern Pennsylvania to go to the annual March for Life in Washington.

On the other side of the issue, the National Organization for Women will hold a rally and vigil in front of the Supreme Court to "make the point that abortion care is health care," says NOW president Terry O'Neill.

Some activities will be online, such as a new event called the Virtual March for Life, organized by Americans United for Life Action, and the fifth annual Blog for Choice Day spearheaded by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

By Thursday evening, more than 56,000 people had signed up for the virtual march, which allows people who can't travel to Washington "an opportunity to be heard on the issue and express solidarity with the people who are marching in person," says Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United For Life Action.

How could the supporters of healthcare reform not have realized it would get wrapped up in the abortion debate?

Another sign of out of touch and clueless leadership.

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