Nearly two hours into the Friday morning speeches, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) revved up the crowd with his call to ban abortion, using himself as a reason.
Stutzman told a story about a woman—pregnant, young, and alone—who once considered having an abortion. Finally resorting to tell her mother the situation, she was encouraged to continue the pregnancy. The big reveal, of course, is that the mother who dissuaded her daughter from having the abortion was Stutzman’s grandmother; he was almost aborted, he claims.
“Let this generation be the one to stop abortion in America!” Stutzman declared, leading to a standing ovation among attendants.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continued the personal appeals to push for criminalizing abortion. Predicted to be a Republican presidential contender in 2016, Paul said he would continue to defend the “not yet born.”
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