House GOP leaders will play smaller part in ‘March for Life’

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January 16, 2013

March for Life
Neither John Boehner nor Eric Cantor will take the podium at this year’s “March for Life,” a major anti-abortion-rights protest marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The Republican Speaker and House Majority Leader both addressed the crowds in person at least year’s event.

This time, Boehner (Ohio) will deliver a pre-recorded video address, while there are no plans for Cantor (Va.) to speak, either in person or via video link, according to a list of participating lawmakers.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel noted that the House will not be in session on the day of the march — Friday, Jan. 25.

“[Boehner] addressed the march last year — the first time a Speaker of the House has done so, I believe,” Steel said in an email. “This year, the House will not be in session, but he has recorded a message to the marchers.”

A Cantor spokeswoman said her boss has participated in the march every year since he was elected in 2001, and that he was “honored” to speak to last year’s crowd.
“This year, unfortunately, since the House is not in session, [Cantor] will not be in Washington,” Megan Whittemore said.

The march is one of Washington’s largest annual protests, drawing as many as 250,000 people to the National Mall. Strong attendance is expected this year, given the Roe anniversary.

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