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Thousands to protest abortion in annual march

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of Americans who oppose abortion, many of them young Catholics, are in Washington for the annual March for Life.

Thursday's rally and march on the National Mall will mark the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) of Kansas says the large youth contingent is evidence that "the pro-life movement is stronger than ever," and a reminder that "every single life is a gift."

But Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York says abortion opponents should not be allowed to impose their beliefs on all women, some of whom may choose the procedure after consulting with clergy.

The GOP leadership in the House had planned on a vote and passage tomorrow of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. But it has been pulled because objections were raised by Republican women and others, leaving the proposal short of votes.

President Barack Obama has said he'll veto the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it reaches his desk.

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