Abortion opponents march in Washington

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 5:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the anti-abortion protesters who took to the streets of Washington today says that with the re-election of President Barack Obama, "we have to keep the battle up."

Pam Tino of Massachusetts also says she sees some significance in this 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion -- and that this might be the year that "something miraculous might happen" for the anti-abortion cause.

Thousands of abortion foes marched through Washington to the steps of the Supreme Court to protest the Roe v. Wade decision.

Among the speakers at a rally was Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate. The staunch abortion opponent talked about his young daughter, Bella, who was born with a serious genetic condition and whose illness led him to take some time off from the campaign trail.

He said his daughter is "joyful, she is sweet, she is all about love" -- and that her life is a reason to discourage abortion even in cases when women are told that ending the pregnancy would be "better" for their unborn child.

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APPHOTO DCMC110: Anti-abortion demonstrators march to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, for a rally to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (25 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSA114: Anti-abortion activists march past the U.S. Supreme Court as they observe the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (25 Jan 2013)

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