Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, and droves of women are prepared to face rainy weather to support their positions during the annual Washington, D.C., demonstrations. But there will be one major difference with the demonstration route this year–it’s shorter.
“The organizers are getting older, and it’s more difficult for them to walk a long distance,” says Stanley Radzilowski, an officer in the planning unit for the Washington, D.C., police department. A majority of the participants are in their 60s and were the original pioneers either for or against the case, he says.
So this raises the question: where are the young, vibrant women supporting their pro-life or pro-choice positions? Likely, they’re at home. “Young women are still concerned about these issues, but they’re not trained to go out and protest,” says Kristy Maddux, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, who specializes in historical feminism.[reference]
Well forget the can’t find any young women there comment for the time being. The March for Life was a actually 3 blocks longer. Though the length of a march is a new metric I was not aware of. I guess we have to get ready for the March for Life Marathon next year if we are to be taken seriously.
Also kind of funny is that this feminist professor is that she thinks women have to be trained first to be able to protest against abortion. If sign holding and chanting was so hard there would be no liberal protesters.
Pro-abortion Washington Post columnist Roberty McCartney apparently at a totally different March for Life observed the following.
I went to the March for Life rally Friday on the Mall expecting to write about its irrelevance. Isn’t it quaint, I thought, that these abortion protesters show up each year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, even though the decision still stands after 37 years. What’s more, with a Democrat in the White House likely to appoint justices who support abortion rights, surely the Supreme Court isn’t going to overturn Roe in the foreseeable future.
How wrong I was. The antiabortion movement feels it’s gaining strength, even if it’s not yet ready to predict ultimate triumph, and Roe supporters (including me) are justifiably nervous…
I was especially struck by the large number of young people among the tens of thousands at the march. It suggests that the battle over abortion will endure for a long time to come.
Actually we really need to pass health care now. Obviously Newsweek is not providing any money for optometrist care. Their poor reporters having to write nearly blind and all. In fact if this Newsweek reporter were to look at this page of pictures she could find no “vibrant young women”, though she sucks at Where’s Waldo? also.