Michele Bachmann delivers anti-abortion message to thousands in St. Paul

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Bachmann: No longer a presidential candidate, but still anti-abortion.
She's baaaack!

Nearly three weeks after dropping out of the presidential race, Michele Bachmann made her first public appearance since her campaign went the way of the Costa Concordia, delivering a message aimed at all women who believe they have a right to control what happens inside their bodies.

During yesterday's annual Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life's March for Life at the Capitol, Bachmann told thousands of people that "next year we will gather in a day of celebration when we have finally ended abortion in this all important election."

The crowd was gathered to mark the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision. And in Bachmann's dream world, there won't be a 40th. She told the crowd she believes the decision should be repealed within the next year, though she of course didn't specify how that could happen.

She told the crowd she introduced a bill to stop President Obama's health care law partly because it uses taxpayer money to fund abortions.

Abortion, of course, has been one of Bachmann's longtime crusades. In October, she introduced a bill that would require pregnant women to get an ultrasound and view the images before they're allowed to receive an abortion. Health care providers would also be required to describe any cardiac activity they observe in the ultrasound. That bill still hasn't made it out of committee.

According to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the number of abortions in the state has steadily declined from a peak of 19,000 in 1979. In 2010, the last year for which numbers are available, there were under 12,000 abortions performed in Minnesota, the fewest since 1975.

But for Bachmann and other staunch pro-lifers, even one abortion it too many. She told the Capitol crowd that "we will never forget those little ones taken from us."

Following the rally, Planned Parenthood issued a statement that says the organization "does more in one day to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the need for abortion than the protesters at the Capitol today do in a lifetime."

"Ninety-five percent of what we do in Minnesota is life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STIs, pap tests, breast health services, and health education," the organization said.

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Let's discus not argue!
Let's discus not argue!

I’m tired of the nastiness on both sides.  I understand the importance of the facts both sides raise.  On one hand, who’s going to help the poor and impoverished, those 16 year old girls who are facing an unwanted pregnancy?  On the other hand, if abortion is truly murder, there needs to be other alternatives… and can you blame someone who thinks it’s murder to fight legally against it?  (similar to those who said slaves were entitled to human rights, despite others’ personal beliefs which even argued the slaves’ hardships under freedom, which may have had some truth mixed in it)  

But I understand both sides because my grandma was a 16 year old girl who chose to give her daughter up for adoption.  This daughter grew up to adopt 3 of her 5 kids (I’m one of the minority biological!), and 2 of the 3 are special needs kids, one with more obvious challenges.  I’ve seen first hand what an amazing thing adoption of the unwanted is and how worth it it is despite inconvenience.  I’m so unbelievable glad that my grandma chose adoption (otherwise I wouldn’t be here!) and also did not think of abortion as her right to her own body, which it wasn’t at the time.  

On the other hand if people are going to advocate against abortion they need to be able to help provide other alternatives for those in need.  Thankfully there are other pregnancy centers that do just that, and there should be more of them (which is probably more important than over turning Roe).  So please before you get riled up on the issue or get mad at people who make all pro-lifers sound stupidly ignorant (cough, cough, Michele Bachmann)… Please first think about my family’s story and how choosing adoption of the unwanted can have such a happy ending!  Peace out everybody

zerofor
zerofor

The problem is that many pregnancy ctrs that are not operated by Planned Parenthood are owned by "Pro-Life" Churches or Nonprofits. These spread falsehoods like the "Abortion increases breast cancer" trash that folks like Kirk gibber about.

Marcus Bachmann
Marcus Bachmann

Meanwhile, I was off buying a new sweater vest for our dog!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Once again Republicans prove they are the freedom loving small government political party.  Get government out of my life and into the life of a woman trying to make a medical decision with her doctor!  Have that baby slut!   No matter what!    Wait, now that the baby is born you are asking for food stamps?    That's socialism!   Who gives a crap about your stupid baby!   It's not my fault you decided to get preganant!   Maybe you should have made better decisions at age 15.   

Kieth Eliason
Kieth Eliason

That "medical decision" is a human being.  Like how slaves were property.  You're not free to go around killing people or enslaving them.  You lefties are using government power to protect the termination of life.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You have your beliefs and I have mine.  If you think you are right you should go around and try to convince people abortion is wrong not use government to force everyone to think like you do.    The fact of the matter is you can spout your propaganda all you want but it isn't going to matter to the 15 year old girl who just made a mistake and got pregnant.   I'd rather that girl goes to a state sanctioned doctor to get an abortion than some junkie ex doctor who performs abortions in his apartment to pay for his next fix.  If you want to end abortion than teach safe sex in schools, make sure everyone knows how to use a condom, and make sure people have good paying jobs.    The dirty secret of scumbag pro lifers is that the pro choice Dems are the ones that actually decrease the number of abortions in America.  Under Clinton they went down, under Bush they went up.   I bet they will go down under Obama because Democrats care about improving the lives of the poor.   People with options that good paying stable employment provides don't have abortions.  Republicans use abortion as a cudgel to trick stupid religious people that only care about abortion to vote against their economic self interest.    Obama has done more to save the lives of babies by passing Obamacare than outlawing abortion would ever do.  Grow a brain and look at the facts.

Betts
Betts

Ending a pregnancy doesnt equate with murder, no matter how hard you wring your hands. Wrap your brain around the fact that women should be trusted to know what's best for them, and if a woman says " I cannot raise a child now"-- for whatever reason--then we should listen. Abortion should be cheap, safe, and easily accessible for anyone that wants one.

Me
Me

actually Kirk, the most recent studies show that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer.  try again.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancerto...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Abortion can increase a woman's chances of getting breast cancer by 150%, especially if it is her first pregnancy.   Why do you think Susan G and Planned Parenthood are working together?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

While I agree with most of what you said; I would like to remind you that you and I paid for about 4,000 publicity funded abortions in Minnesota for the year 2010.To some this makes them feel as they are part of the abortion which is unrepresentable to them.  That could be comparable to what the anti war crowd sees, as Obama's troops are killing people on foreign soils. But hey, this is probably all part of the Malthusian theory that Karl Marx embraced.

BTW, the U.S. still holds the top spot for the number of teenage pregnancy in the world per capita.  So we must be doing something right in our democrat controlled schools...

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

Marx did not embrace Malthusian Theory of Population-"Marx opposed and criticized the Malthusian theory of population"So the schools are democratically controled in a state with a GOP contoled legislature? So the GOP is a powerless unit?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You're right, Marx felt that Malthus didn't go far enough socially and Malthus relied on a capitalistic economy.  Capitalism was reprehensible to Marx.  Both were socialistic theories with stress on the effects of population.Whereas Malthus sought to blame the poor for their condition and institute systems to correct this condition, Marx desired the elimination of the poor and unproductive through much more nefarious actions.  Marx understood that there would always be parasitic people that would be a never ending drag.  Both of their "societal blueprints" were long before the creation of birth control pills and abortions.  I think Malthus would have greatly embraced the idea of abortion because he was a supporter of abstinence as a form of birth control.  He portrayed abstinence as a "moral" issue.  At that time there was no other form of population control other than war and disease.In the end, both of their blueprints would only consolidate the economic downward spiral they areaiming to solve...

And-Ya, the MN GOP has shown itself inept to do much in regards to Minnesota's schools.   Dayton is top dog, and he is heavily funded by the teachers unions.  The MN GOP is not powerless, just vetoable. 

And can you say "Scott Walker" as a reminder of what will happen to the GOP if they dare fix a democrat controlled school mess?

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