On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann predicted that the presidential elections will “end abortion” in America. It was her first public appearance since dropping out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
“Here on our watch we will stand, we will stand for life, we will never forget, we will never give up, and next year we will gather in a day of celebration when we have finally ended abortion in this all important election,” The UK Daily Mail reported the one-time presidential candidate said before a pro-life audience in St Paul, Minnesota.
The rally was sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. According to the group, more than 4,000 people attended the event.
Pro-choice advocates have been warning against gains made by conservatives against legal abortion, especially this year.
“For nearly four decades, [National Organization for Women] NOW and women’s rights activists around the country have been fighting to ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion, birth control and prenatal care,” NOW President Terry O’Neill said in a recent statement.
“[T]he struggle continues, and far-right extremists are now ramping up their attacks, passing a record number of state anti-abortion laws just last year, and pressing for complete defunding of family planning clinics,” she added.
O’Neill and others in the pro-choice movement have expressed their fervent intent to protect legal abortion.
The Daily Mail further reported that Republican Reps. Erik Paulson, Chip Cravaack and John Kline made speeches as well.
Bachmann dropped out of the presidential race in Iowa in early January.