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ITEM: The Washington Post for April 26 wetted lyrical over the "March for Women's Lives." The D.C. event, said a staff writer, was "an impressive and congenial amassing of hundreds of thousands of abortion rights advocates held yesterday, [that] succeeded where other lefty assemblages on the National Mall of late have stumbled: It felt both urgent and singularly focused on its cause, instead of coming at you jam-packed with multiple issues and distracting freak shows. This was a big multi-generational Vagina Monologue, starring everyone. The vibe of the day-long rally was at once good-humored and yet deadly serious. It was aggressive and even occasionally, almost delightfully, profane...."

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
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 31, 2004
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