Monday, January 19, 2009
Just Back From the 1st Annual March 4 Life Rocky Mountains
Hundreds of people gathered at Acacia park downtown Colorado Springs today to protest the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this Thursday. The event was planned by an eleven-year-old boy named Zach. Zach got up on stage and gave the first of three speeches, explaining how he had seen the Washington D.C. rally for life on T.V. last year and asked his parents if they could go next year. His parents responded by asking him if he’d like to have one here instead. They told him he’d have to work hard and not quit when the planning got tough. He didn’t quit and quite a crowd of people gathered in encouragement. He picked today instead of Thursday for the rally, because of the honoring of Martin Luther King today.
After Zach had welcomed everyone, a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King giving his I have a dream speech, was played on speakers. Next, an African-American gentleman, perhaps in his 30’s, gave a speech about what King would have to say were he alive today. He told that King would be greatly disappointed to see that the America he died for, has exchanged racism for something much worse. King worked his whole life that freedom would extend to every citizen in this country, and now life is denied to a whole class of people. King would be appalled how the number of black babies killed far outweighs the KKK’s wildest dreams. King would be appalled that an organization such as Planned Parenthood, founded by the premier racist of his time, Margaret Sanger, and founded with the express purpose of limiting blacks and minorities**, continues to not only thrive, but receive funding from our very government. Dr. King’s dream of freedom for all, is less realized now than ever.
Next we watched a video speech from King’s niece, Alveda King, saying she is very proud of Zach and wishes she could have been in the Springs today, except for family plans honoring her uncle. She reiterated the point that her uncle would be very sad to see what America has become since 1973. She told the story of her physician performing an abortion on her against her will. She wanted to find out if she was pregnant, and he told her she didn’t need to have a baby in her life right now and performed a "D& C" on her without her knowing what he was doing. She wasn’t given a choice.
The final speech was given by a teen girl who showed much courage. She spoke for her generation that they are tired of the lies that they have been told, when 1/3 of their peers are gone forever. “We are sick and tired of being told we have no self-control. We are tired of people telling us that we can’t be chaste, why even try. We are tired of lies about how a fetus isn’t a person. We’re not that stupid. I speak for my generation when I say the lies stop here. Not on my watch am I going to sit silent while a whole generation of children disappear. We will not sit silent by anymore! Not on my watch!” At this point, a large crowd of her peers, both boys and girls, began a chant that went on for several minutes: “Not on my watch!” The courage of the young people was beyond inspiring!
Next we received directions on how to march. We were told that this was going to be a silent march. We were told not to answer anyone opposing us, but to keep on walking. Many wore red masking tape over their mouths which read, “LIFE.” Many age 36 and under wore white T-shirts which said in red letters, “I survived Roe vs. Wade.”
On the long walk from Acacia Park to Planned Parenthood (1.4 miles), the response from almost everyone passing was nothing. This surprised me on both ends. I expected more criticism, but I also expected more encouragement. I always honk away with thumbs up anytime I see this sort of thing going on. We only counted three honks of encouragement.
There were only two people who I noticed in opposition to the march. One was a man, probably in his early 20’s, who was across the street from us and yelled things such as, “You people make me sick” and “What about rape, huh, what do you have to say to that?” Another was a gruff looking woman, in her 40’s perhaps, who walked next to the line yelling, “Some women don’t have the means to take care of a baby, some women don’t have the mental capacity to take a baby, have you ever thought of that?” My first thought was to yell, “what about adoption,” but I quickly remember the silence rule. People like that don’t want an answer anyway. She probably would have responded that there aren’t enough families to adopt the babies and then wouldn’t be willing to listen to facts to the contrary.
The little ones did surprising well for the more than three hours but next year I am going to be sure to bring water and snacks.
**This fact is undisputable. George Grant documents in Grand Illusions: “The Birth Control Review—Sanger’s magazine and the immediate predecessor to the Planned Parenthood Review—regularly and openly published the racist articles of Malthusian Eugenicists. In 1920, for instance, it published a favorable review of Lothrop Stoddard’s frightening book of Fascist diatribe, The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy. [Birth Control Review, October 1920] In 1932, it outlined Sanger’s own “Plan for Peace,” which called for coercive sterilization, mandatory segregation, and rehabilative concentration camps for all “dysgenic stocks.” [Birth Control Review, April 1932.]