Lawmakers at odds over whether abortion is wrong or a right

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 (sih-sih-LEE'-nee) 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."

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276-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Congressman David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Congressman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.)--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. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (23 Jan 2013)

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277-a-11-(Congressman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., in House floor speech)-"had for them"-Congressman Glenn Thompson says America has paid a high price for the 55 million abortions performed since 1973. ((longer version of cut used in wrap)) (23 Jan 2013)

<<CUT *277 (01/23/13)>> 00:11 "had for them"

278-a-14-(Congressman Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., in House floor speech)-"morals are meaningless"-Congressman Glenn Thompson says abortion violates America's fundamental values. (23 Jan 2013)

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279-a-07-(Congressman David Cicilline (sih-sih-LEE'-nee), D-R.I., in House floor speech)-"these basic rights"-Congressman David Cicilline says the 1973 Supreme Court decision was a landmark victory for women's rights. (23 Jan 2013)

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280-a-06-(Congressman David Cicilline (sih-sih-LEE'-nee), D-R.I., in House floor speech)-"women's health care"-Congressman David Cicilline says abortion rights continue to be threatened. (23 Jan 2013)

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