Pro-Lifers on Obamacare Ruling: ‘Abortion Is the Greatest Social Injustice’

Penny Starr | June 28, 2012 | 2:28pm EDT
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A large crowd of pro-life activists gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012 awaiting the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. ( Starr)

( – Pro-life activists gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Thursday expressed disappointment in the court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which upheld all of the law except the expansion of Medicaid – including the requirement that Americans buy health insurance plans that pay for contraceptives and abortion.

Jody Ward, who lives in Maryland, told that she was disappointed, because she is opposed to “destroying innocent human life” and that the ruling will lead to that.

“We’re going to be forced to, not only to accept that in this country but to pay for it as well,” Ward said. “It’s a tremendous incursion on our freedom of religion, and it’s also abhorrent to those of us who believe that abortion is the greatest social injustice that mankind has every seen.”

Brianne and Kailey Clasen carried a sign that read “The Nightmare is Almost Over – November 2012.”

Kailey Clasen came with her older sister, Brianne, who said she was in the nation's capitol because she believes Obamacare infringes on Americans' religious freedom by requiring them to pay for insurance plans that include contraceptives and abortion. ( Starr)

“I’m here today standing up for my religious rights,” Brianne said. “Obamacare means I as a Catholic – now my parents and soon me – will have to pay for girls to have abortions, and the Catholic Church doesn’t support that,” Brianne said. “We have to do something about that.”

Students for Life of America Executive Director Kristan Hawkins lead a large crowd of pro-life activists who chanted “we will not comply” as the news of the court ruling spread through a huge crowd that spilled across the street to the grounds of the Capitol.

“Once again we are faced with another decision – just like with slavery, just like abortion – the Supreme Court’s got it wrong,” Hawkins said, adding that voting for pro-life candidates in the 2012 election is vital to the fight to end abortion on demand.

“We must end this genocide in our lifetime,” Hawkins said.

The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the individual mandate is a tax and that Congress has the constitutional authority to levy taxes.

A large crowd in support of the health care law also gathered at the courthouse chanting "yes we can" and "we love Obamacare.”

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