Anti-abortion demonstrators in Washington have been given a boost by George W Bush – the US president telling them that he shares their support for what he calls a “culture of life.” The march on the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion comes amid a growing focus on the issue. Demonstrator Mari Aguilar explained her passion for the campaign was “because life is sacred and life comes from God – that’s a gift from God.” She added: “We are coming here to protest the violence against the babies.”
Another marcher, Greg Floyd, said: “We’re really praying for President Bush and we think he has made a strong stand for pro-life and we were wanting him to be even stronger and save the lives of these babies.”
Bush has already passed legislation that limits possibilities for those seeking an abortion, but has not actively lobbied for a change to the Constitution.
Public opinion is said to be relatively static on the issue – with over half of Americans supporting terminations in certain circumstances while a fifth think it should be banned.