Skip to comments.Against the Tide: Covering Up the Size of the March for Life
Posted on 02/03/2010 6:22:42 AM PST by NYer
March for Life - January 22, 2010
On Friday, January 22, 2010, a crowd estimated at half a million marched up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court. It was the annual March for Life and it commemorates the 1973 Blackmun Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade which legalized abortion throughout nine months of pregnancy.
Over half the marchers were under 37, so they were there to protest a decision which could have cost them their lives. They are survivors of Roe v Wade. Over 50 million of their peers have lost their lives to that decision, literally a third of the generation which surged past the Capitol Building to stand in protest before the Supreme Court. A living tsunami, they held signs like “All Politics are Local; they begin in the Womb”. They listened in silence to Dr Alveda King, niece of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., express regret over her two abortions, and assure them that her uncle was indeed pro-life. But there were very few members of the press present.
Deep in the crowd, there were dissenters. A tiny band of counter protesters, about a dozen in number, circled tightly in front of the cameras with their blue “Keep Abortion Legal” signs. They were members of another generation, the legacy of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, women who had burned their bras with Gloria Steinem, and they were there to celebrate “choice.” One of their members doggedly walked against the swell of humanity climbing Capitol Hill, looking like a salmon swimming against the spring freshet to spawn. Except that her message was one of sterility, inundated by the tide of fecundity. Did she catch the irony?
This year’s March for Life, following on the heels of Democrat electoral upsets in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia, was the largest ever. It occurred in the year when polls reflect a sea change of opinion against abortion, yet the mainstream media either blacked out or downplayed the event. No news cameras besides Fox and EWTN were visible, and no photographers took aerial shots of the Mall full of marchers, the way they had during the Inauguration, when “even the seagulls were impressed at the crowds.” Comments were muted and photographs were of individuals, not crowds. Both the NARAL huddle and the sea of humanity were given equal play on the mainstream media, like Krista Gesamen’s “Who’s missing at the March for Life; young women.” CNN anchor, Rick Sanchez, openly wondered which group was larger. Jill Stanek writing for Breitbart’s Big Journalism, took Gesaman to task for her characterization of March for Life participants as geriatric. Young women were present in the hundreds of thousands. Only the Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, admittedly pro-abortion, stated that the crowds were young (much to his chagrin) in his piece, “Young activists adding fuel to anti-abortion side.”
The left must suppress the truth — that the pro-life movement is on the march and that they have hundreds of thousands of reinforcements — in order to preserve their chances for big gains under the most pro-abortion president in US history. They just missed a chance for a health care reform bills that would have enshrined Planned Parenthood within the federal government, and their future looks pretty grim now that the next generation has arrived. Are they aware how tenuous is ther hold over the information which reaches the American public? It’s the quiet before the tsunami. Generation Life is coming, and they use the New Media — blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube — to spead the word that Americans are majority pro-life and we are going to end abortion someday soon.
What a beautiful sight!
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A beautiful sight indeed.
1) If it is to attract the attention of the politicians then maybe have a million people show up in Washington, D.C. is the correct move.
2) If the motive to attract the attention of the press, then they should march in New York City right on the doorsteps of the major networks. ( This also may be a better way to get the politicians to notice as well)
What's the goal here? To have a good time? To meet old friends and have a party? Or...Is it to work hard and SMART?
Please remember that when the Iron Curtain fell the first sites secured were the TV and radio stations. These freedom fighters understood that their first and most important mission was to get the news out to the people.
"WASHINGTON As some 20,000 people marched along F Street in Northwest D.C. after the Youth Rally and Mass for Life Jan. 22, Rebecca Ferguson, 14, observed that everyone has a reason for marching."
With friends like this, who needs the liberal media?
Exactly! What a joke! 20,000! Christ sees the actual numbers. He doesn’t need any media source to fill Him in. I sometimes imagine Him deciding which way He’s going to take care of a particular situation, but take care of it He will, in His time. I can’t wait though!
L'Observablahblahtio is a real buddy.
I wouldn't be surprised if the March doubled every year The Abortion President was in office.
He will not get away without eating his words.
I’m not surprised at all. They’ve minimized the numbers every year since the very first March!
Another important goal of the March, is just to be reinforced in your pro-life beliefs. It's all too easy to become flaccid about your support for the pro-life position if everyone around you is pro-abortion. Being with so many others who share your beliefs gives you strength to work for Life when you return home.
50 million pro-life marchers would still not get media attention. A handful of gay marriage marchers, however, would make front page.
There were indeed thousands upon thousands of young people there. I like to think they will have the last laugh in this "battle of wills" with the media. Think of all those excited teenagers rushing home to see if they catch of glimpse of themselves on TV or checking the websites of every network they can think of, only to find that there is a complete blackout of coverage and that their political activism is deliberately censored by the MSM. They all got a very quick lesson in media bias that weekend, and they won't forget it.
Did any other freepers go? Can you post some pictures? We used to meet at a monument when the MFL was at the ellipse, now the March starts at a different location at 7th and Constitution.
Twenty thousand?? LOL! We had more than that in the Verizon Center before the march! And all the overflow Masses were full, too!
There were, as there have been for some years, hundreds of thousands of folks at the march. How many hundreds of thousands? I don't know. But I was near the back of the march this year (argh) and when I got up to the top of Constitution Avenue and looked back, the avenue was still filled as far as I could see. I'd estimate there were a hundred thousand folks BEHIND me. No idea how many in front of me.
Sad they keep employing certain people. The catholic review also employed a guy that gave “the golden compass” high praise.
Thank you for the kind word, mlizzy!
I hate to have the efforts of hundreds of thousands put down by one of our own!
We could be in the CNN building and they’d be covering the six pro-aborts in DC...