Feminists, Kelsey Grammar, Former Abortion Clinic Workers, Many More Brave The DC Blizzard at March For Life 2016
First of all, no one's forcing anyone to do or not do anything: Humans have free will. The pro-life movement is trying to make legal abortion less available, sure, but we're also trying to make cultural changes so that women won't want to seek abortions in the first place, and we have no interest in legal punishment for women who've had abortions.Read the rest of this great article in Vox by Claire Swinarski:
Second, society projects a moral code on people every day. We have laws to prevent harm. It could easily be said that police are "taking away the right to make their own personal decisions" from burglars or drunk drivers — society has deemed that these things do harm and should not be done. We also hinder body autonomy (snorting cocaine, for example, is illegal).
We as a society agree that we cannot do whatever we want with our bodies. (If you don't agree, try dancing naked in the street and see what happens.) So not only do I think that there's such thing as a pro-life feminist, I also believe that to be pro-life is to be feminist. To quote the slogan of Feminists for Life, "Women deserve better than abortion." Here is what I wish people understood about my position:
The annual March for Life is this week. On Friday, you might glimpse pictures of thousands of freezing people marching on Washington to protest abortion. They are not just conservative, mindless drones. They support women.
Hillary Clinton's a mother, and she's running for president. Adele's a mother, and she released the biggest No. 1 single in three years in 2015. Madeleine Albright, J.K. Rowling: Mothers — successful, thriving mothers — are everywhere. Having children should not rob you of your identity or your purpose. Pro-life feminists believe it doesn't have to.
Kelsey Grammar at the March. I have a newfound admiration for the cajunes it took for him to not only be there but allow himself to be photographed by several.
Many bus routes apparently had been cancelled due to the 2 to 3 feet of snow predicted there, so the crowds were smaller than in years past. Still, tens of thousands in the face of all that snow and blizzard warnings, isn't chump change.
Oh, and if you watch CBS "News", they chose not to cover the March at all. See? That's how you don't get all the real news, because they. withhold. it. from. you. Yet you keep getting kept in the dark and erroneosly believe you really are well-informed.
I'm pleased to learn that Carly Fiorina   spoke to the crowd (saddened to learn she was the only candidate to do so, though). She may not be the eventual GOP nominee, but she's right when she says she alone would be "Hillary's worst nightmare:"
“You know, Planned Parenthood actually shows up at my events,” Fiorina said. “So let me say this to the Planned Parenthood supporters: You can scream and throw condoms at me all day long. You won’t silence me. You don’t scare me. I have battled breast cancer. I have buried a child. I have read the Bible. I know the value of life.”
Some great posters/photos there, including:
- "In 900 years of time and space, I've never met anyone who wasn't important." The Doctor.
- "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.
- "Mr. President, how can we move forward if we abort the future."
- One very cute, longhaired, Dan-Fogelberg-look-alike held a hand-written sign, "I LOVE WOMEN *AND* BABIES."
- "I worked in the abortion industry. I am now Pro-Life. You can Quit. Quitting is Courageous. www.AbortionWorkers.com "
- A huge banner in one photo read "PRO BIKERS FOR LIFE." I guess I've been out of the loop awhile, but these guys are motorcyclists, in several states. Will add them to the sidebar over at Abortion Punidt blog.