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GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

Anti-abortion demonstrators pray in the hallway outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislative office on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Note: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ABORTION-DEFEAT, originally published on January 22, 2015, or RNS-ABORTION-MARRIAGE, originally published on July 2, 2015.

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(RNS) The sudden reversal stunned abortion foes who had expected to celebrate House passage of the bill as they gathered for their annual demonstration against the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing abortion.

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David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.