Monday, January 25, 2010

Where Were the Young Women?

According to one Newsweek reporter's blog, this year's March for Life in Washington DC was shorter and there were few young people there because "the organizers are getting older" and "a majority of the participants are in their 60s and were the original pioneers..."

What say you, marchers? Was that your experience? ;-)


Lioness said...

That's a load of rubbish if ever I saw some.

I, a 19-year-old young woman, went on the March this year. (my first time!) I saw nothing but of young people. I also attended the Students for Life of America National Conference on the campus of Catholic U. of America all day on Saturday, the day after the March. All day long they kept telling us that
a) this year's March was significantly *larger* than last year, based on the observations of multiple-year attendees, (plus they had two separate March routes to accommodate all the people.)
b) the March keeps getting younger and younger with more and more young people.

I can't tell you how many times I heard that. Plus, at the Basilica Mass on Thursday, it seemed like 80% young people to me. It was so unbelievably affirming to see so many in my age range who think as I do.

Methinks said Newsweek blogger has some kind of bias? Because all I heard about was how the March keeps getting bigger and bigger, younger and younger, and the Basilica was bursting at the seams with people, mostly young people.

Where were all the young women? I am one, I was there, and I was one of heaven only knows how many. I may not know anyone that has had an abortion (or I may, and just not know about it), but saying we don't have a personal connection to abortion is ridiculous. Abortion affects us all; we are all connected. "As a former fetus, I am naturally against abortion." A violation of the womb of another woman threatens mine. We are all connected.

Plus, the older women are to the point that now, just maybe, they are able to talk about their experiences. We younger ones are where they were when *they* couldn't talk about it.

Sheesh. :P

(I note your wink-y smiley face; I am assuming you also know just how many young people were there, too.) ^_^

Margaret Mary said...

I didn't go, but I know quite a few people who did. They were all under 30. Thanks for your observations and I'm glad it was such a great experience for you!

Margaret Mary said...

Here's another interesting one from a reporter expecting to write about the "quaint irrelevance" of the march and instead found this:

"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."

Lioness said...

So being against the murder of innocent children is "quaint" and "irrelevant?" She is right to be nervous; I pray her heart comes to embrace the truth.

I just now came across this article, specifically addressing anti-life bias in the media coverage of the march and the blog mentioned here, about the "lack of young women."

I know I speak for all of us when I say I am downright sick of being referred to as "anti-abortion" or "abortion protesters," "abortion opponents." Excuse me, I am *Pro-Life.* I stand for our children still in the wombs of their mothers. Yes, I am against abortion, but even more so, I am for life, not senseless murder...

oh, the word games. >_< Anything to avoid the truth. I know I'm preaching to the choir. It's just aggravating.

"Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real." ~ Iris Murdoch