Abortion foes find new climate in Washington

Andrea Stone reports:

Thousands of abortion opponents marched here on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade Thursday, but for the first time in 14 years, they found themselves out of step with both the president and the party controlling Congress.


Bush routinely sent words of encouragement to the March for Life. President Obama issued a statement saying he was “committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.”

Obama said, “We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.”

Obama promised during his campaign to sign an executive order overturning a rule that denies U.S. funding to international family-planning groups that provide abortion-related services or information. He did not act on it Thursday.

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