March against babies' lives.
BETWEEN THE LINES: The defining demeanor of the supposedly "good-humored" rally was, according to columnist Kathleen Parker, "ugly and uglier." Parker noted that protest signs were often "crude to pornographic." As she wrote, "Profanity and obscene gesturing toward the pro-life crowd were commonplace."
The crowd, which was much smaller than organizers predicted or later claimed, included hard-left anti-war, environmental and anti-globalist protestors. The National Education Association lent its support, as did a group called "Anarchists for Sex and Cheap Abortions." The participants included New York Senator Hillary Clinton and the unconsciously ironic California Representative Maxine Waters, who actually said, "I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion."
There have been some 43 million abortions performed since Roe v. Wade in 1973--the equivalent of the population of 17 U.S. states. Yet Hollywood's Whoopi Goldberg fumed about back-alley abortions, brandishing a wire coat hanger. The use of such devices, she claimed, represented "what life was like before choice." She repeatedly insisted, "This is what we used! Never again!" The comedian's rant grew more preposterous and fallacious. "The government continues to slash and destroy family planning--safe delivery, prenatal care, AIDS/HIV prevention fund. Here and around the world, we've seen critical life-saving dollars diverted so that abstinence-only plans can exist."
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|Title Annotation:||Between The Lines|
|Author:||Hoar, William P.|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||May 31, 2004|
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