Magazine article The Human Life Review

Sounds of Silence

Magazine article The Human Life Review

Sounds of Silence

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To get people to attend this past Sunday's "pro-choice" march, the organizers had to rename the march ... twice. First, it was the Choice March. Then it became the Freedom of Choice March. In a final effort, they came up with the winning "March for Women's Lives." While it isn't accurate or honest, it was certainly effective. Still, they needed more people. Not enough people would march for abortion alone; so supporters issued a widespread invitation that encompassed anyone with an anti-Bush gripe or who simply doesn't like pro-lifers.

Say what you may about pro-life organizations, they never offer their opponents as moving targets to satisfy the fetishes of so-called supporters.

After more than 30 years of legalized abortion, pro-choicers can now only gather the public support they need to keep the abortion question alive by confusing the issue. Their message is as mixed up as it was 30 years ago-perhaps even more so. They can offer no convincing argument because women themselves, while willing to identify themselves as pro-choice, believe that most abortions should not be legal. Many of these women believe there's more to women's health than the abortion issue. But while they may be more interested in HIV/AIDS, healthcare, jobs, or even the election, they allowed themselves to be duped into marching for abortion on Sunday.

Other marchers came apparently because the World Bank protests were over and they had nowhere left to go. Or they were angry. Or (and?) they don't like President Bush. At the March, Erica Quest, a pro-lifer from Virginia, noticed, "There was no unified message. [It was] everything from 'We hate Bush' to lesbian rights. Everything crass and violent. Nothing feminine. Nothing dignified. You're just taken back by the anger. I was almost embarrassed to be a woman."

Bevlin Lyons, also a pro-lifer from Virginia, attended the march with her husband, Joe, and their infant son, Sebastian. Holding her son and a pro-life sign she witnessed what she calls "the sadness of it all. They're angry about something. There was no sign of joy at anything."

But wait-pro-choice marchers should be excited about their "choices," and the fact that any pregnant woman can get an abortion at any time for any reason in the United States.

While gay activists have become more and more public about their beliefs, scarcely any women come out with pride-no pun intended-when it comes to talking about their abortions. If the Alan Guttmacher Institute is right in its estimate that about 40 percent of American women have had an abortion, that's a lot of women who have kept quiet. Some of them may have been at the march on Sunday. They'll talk about "choice" in general, then, but not about any particular "choice" they may have made.

The abortion agenda has only been able to offer women freedom from - from a difficult situation, from an annoyance, from the responsibility of a child. Yet, this type of freedom doesn't appear to be a major issue for most women.

Last year, the pro-choice Center for Advancement of Women issued what they titled a "groundbreaking survey of over 3,300 American women." The survey participants identified 12 priority issues. "Keeping abortion legal" ranked eleventh barely beating out "increasing the number of girls who participate in organized sports. …

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