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National Right to Life Organization President Delivers Remarks at Antiabortion RallyAired January 22, 2001 - 10:06 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Those antiabortion rallies are getting under way in the nation's capital.
We want to go to that, to the first one live, one of the first speakers. This is Wanda Franz. She is president of the National Right to Life Organization. Let's go ahead and listen in.
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WANDA FRANZ, NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE ORGANIZATION: ... now rightfully called the culture of death. It is also fair to say that Roe v. Wade and the subsequent decisions based on and extending Roe v. Wade are the most radical decisions in the history of the Supreme Court. They are legally radical in that they represent willful inventions of the court and not the intent of the Constitution. And they are culturally radical in that they make the commission of an unspeakable atrocity a constitutionally protected right.
Last year, the court made itself clear why Roe v. Wade IS so extreme. In Stenberg v. Carhart, the court ruled that the right to abortion on demand includes the right to have an abortionist deliver a child feet-first, except for the head, and then stab the child in the base of the head, pushing a canula through the hole and suctioning the child's brains out.
The court's extreme ruling in Stenberg v. Carhart prevented Nebraska and other states with similar...
KAGAN: We've been listening to Wanda Franz. She is president of the National Right to Life Organization. This is part of a big antiabortion rally taking place today on the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Of course, pro-choice proponents pointing out that they believe that most Americans don't think that they want the government making a choice like that for individuals. In fact, the abortion issue is one that continues to divide the nation. A Gallup poll that was taken back in early October shows the divide is narrow. The poll asked Americans, do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? Forty- seven percent of those polled say they are pro-choice; 45 percent say they are pro-life.
Another Gallup poll taken in the later part of October last year, respondents were asked, should the Roe v. Wade decision be overturned? Only 30 percent of those polled said yes, while an overwhelming majority, 67 percent, said no. Both polls have a plus or minus percent margin of error.
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