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Against the Tide: Covering Up the Size of the March for Life
CE ^ | February 3, 2010 | Leticia Velasquez

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; marchforlife; newsblackout; prolife; protest

1 posted on 02/03/2010 6:22:43 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

What a beautiful sight!

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2 posted on 02/03/2010 6:23:51 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

A beautiful sight indeed.


3 posted on 02/03/2010 6:39:43 AM PST by Lorica
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To: NYer
What is the goal of the Pro-life march?

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.

4 posted on 02/03/2010 6:59:44 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: NYer
Leticia absolutely rocks for life! I see her name and it makes me smile.:) Thanks for posting this thread. My daughter was at the March for Life in Washington as well, and here are a few of the images she took. Click on the first one and you can view a slideshow. My brother-in-law, who is a Roman Catholic priest went to this march years ago, and came back to tell us all about it. We had no idea at the time it was going on. Now we watch EWTN's coverage every year. I can only imagine what Christ will be uttering to the media fools that refuse to air these types of numbers "for life."








5 posted on 02/03/2010 7:17:05 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
Whoops! Here's the link to the slideshow.
6 posted on 02/03/2010 7:19:27 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: NYer
By Christopher Gunty
Editor@CatholicReview.org

"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?

7 posted on 02/03/2010 7:25:07 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: icwhatudo

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!


8 posted on 02/03/2010 7:34:33 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: icwhatudo
With friends like this, who needs the liberal media?

L'Observablahblahtio is a real buddy.

9 posted on 02/03/2010 7:58:22 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: NYer
Against the Tide: Covering Up the Size of the March for Life

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.

10 posted on 02/03/2010 8:00:09 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (governance is not sovereignty [paraphrasing Bishop Fulton Sheen].)
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To: NYer

I’m not surprised at all. They’ve minimized the numbers every year since the very first March!


11 posted on 02/03/2010 8:29:57 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: wintertime
The goal is all of what you mentioned, and even though the MSM ignores the Marchers, there is a whole new media out there that gets the word out each year. These marchers buttonhole their Reps., chasing them down the hall, if need be. So our Congressional reps know how many people there are out there, and if they're in a district that leans pro-life, will be very hesitant to support abortion in any way.

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.

12 posted on 02/03/2010 8:35:32 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: wintertime
They march in DC to the Supreme Court. The goal? Overturn Roe v Wade.

50 million pro-life marchers would still not get media attention. A handful of gay marriage marchers, however, would make front page.

13 posted on 02/03/2010 9:46:15 AM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer
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.”

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.

14 posted on 02/03/2010 10:26:45 AM PST by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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After not going in about 6 or 7 yrs. I went this year and couldn’t believe the large crowd and heard that there were over 300,000 - 400,000 people there. I met freepers there the last time I went when the march was held at the ellipse: tolerance sucks rocks, angelwood, kristin, pyro7480 and mudpuppy...I was glad to meet them... It was nice to see so many young people there (our next generation of pro-life activists). Notice there were no riots, no garbage after the event and the local stores weren’t robbed as in other events held in DC, like the 50,000 man march and by other groups that attended the  inauguration..

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.

Protesters Ignored Again

March for Life, Roe vs. Wade Rally Disrupting Traffic in DC

Pro-life marchers flood D.C. in protest of legalized abortion (another MSM blackout)

15 posted on 02/03/2010 2:14:00 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: icwhatudo
Dear icwhatudo,

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.


sitetest

16 posted on 02/03/2010 2:39:57 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Sad they keep employing certain people. The catholic review also employed a guy that gave “the golden compass” high praise.


17 posted on 02/03/2010 2:48:45 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: NYer

BTTT!


18 posted on 02/03/2010 11:15:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
Pinged from Terri Dailies


19 posted on 02/06/2010 1:59:47 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: mlizzy

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...


20 posted on 02/10/2010 6:13:12 AM PST by Leticia Velasquez
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To: Leticia Velasquez
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...

You are welcome! I sometimes wonder if Christ cries, or, in fact, if He ever *stops* crying. And you are so right about the media covering the six pro-aborts over hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates. It's a comforting thought Christ has such good eyesight.:)

Keep up the great work, Leticia!

Here's a couple of sites I've put together:
Save Babies
Rosary for Peace
21 posted on 02/10/2010 6:40:01 AM PST by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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