Blogging for the March for Life Coming January 22, 2007
This is an unborn baby.
This is a person.
The annual March for Life will take place on January 22nd as it has on that day for every year since 1973 — the anniversary of Roe vs Wade.
The Family Research Council is hosting a bloggers’ row again this year. Register here. Speakers this year include Senator Sam Brownback, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Ramesh Ponnuru and Jill Stanek. (And it’s free! Coffee and wireless included!)
Here’s the Washington Post quoting Charmaine from last year’s March.
Charmaine Yoest, a vice president at the Family Research Council, told a morning gathering of 40 antiabortion bloggers that the demise of Roe would mean a battle within each state over whether abortion should be legal — a more localized, grass-roots fight.
“Consensus is building that we are moving into a post- Roe future, and we need to be ready,” she said.
The pendulum swing, she said, is reflected in the confirmation of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. Neither man is a guaranteed antiabortion vote in any court case, Yoest noted, and even if both men vote to overturn Roe , the balance on the court is still 5 to 4 in favor of the ruling.
But society is clearly more open to the idea that Roe was a bad ruling on constitutional grounds, Yoest said, and is generally becoming more concerned about ethical ramifications in such areas as stem cell research and euthanasia.
“You’re seeing an increasing feeling that Roe was poorly decided. And Alito’s confirmation will be a watershed moment in that direction,” she said.
The Alert Reader will note that the aforementioned bloggers are named as “antiabortion” not “pro-life.”
Thank you (foot)notes:
See more on Protesters See Mood Shift Against ‘Roe’ Court Nominees, Young Activists Cited at Annual Antiabortion March at the jump
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 24, 2006; Page A03
Tens of thousands of abortion opponents held an upbeat rally on the cold, gray streets of downtown Washington yesterday and described what they see as a societal tide turning against the 33-year-old Roe v. Wade court decision that legalized the procedure.
[See The Roe Effect]
Demonstrators at the annual March for Life said their movement has been buoyed by two recent Supreme Court nominees — one of them confirmed — who appear open to reconsidering the 1973 decision. They talked optimistically about how technological advances are producing clearer sonograms, which could make it harder to argue that a fetus is not a person.
And they noted yesterday’s large turnout of young people, who filled the march route along Constitution Avenue and lined the walls outside the Supreme Court in cheerleader jackets, black leather outfits with studs and T-shirts that read, “Abortion is Mean”…