By Rai Rojas, NRLC Director of Hispanic Outreach
Editor’s note. Lauren Enriquez wrote a piece that ran today on the tenth anniversary of the pro-abortion “March for Women’s Lives” in Washington, D.C. which we reprinted. This prompted me to go back in the National Right to Life News archives. I found two articles that are particularly instructive. This is the first. Laura Echevarria’s wonderful critique of media coverage of the march is second. Both appeared in the May 2004 issue of NRL News.
If you are the usual pro-abortion advocacy groups, what do you do when abortion rates continue to drop, pro-life legislation is passed in Congress, young people of America are moving into the pro-life camp in droves, and the American public shows clear signs that it is finally taking notice that supporters of abortion are the very face of extremism?
If you are Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Feminist Majority, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the ACLU, or the Center for Reproductive Rights, you put together a “March for Women’s Lives” and demonstrate to all who actually see you that you are every bit as radically out of the mainstream as pro-lifers say you are!
Like cicadas, which appear every 17 years on the East Coast, pro-abortionists surfaced April 25, 2004, in Washington, D.C., in large numbers for the first time in a dozen years. Their mission? To try in vain to convince the public that they are a powerful force that can defeat President George W. Bush in November.
But a more honest title for their gathering would have been, “The March for the Bottom Line.” Quite frankly, as most of us know, they are protecting a billion dollar a year industry which cares little about women’s lives and none about the lives of tens of millions of unborn women.
My guess is that the leaders of these groups understood that history is no longer moving in their direction. That is why they threw caution (and truth) to the wind and said anything that they believed would get their supporters to act.
The rhetoric from the podium on the National Mall was not only vile and vulgar, it was so angry that it honestly approached irrationality. Especially infuriating was that they made an extra-special appeal to Hispanic women and Latino families.
They beckoned us to believe that to be “pro-choice” is to be truly pro-family, pro-child, pro-woman, and have the best interests of the Hispanic community at heart. Did Hispanics buy this speechifying?
Pro-abortionists such as NARAL’s Kate Michelman, Feminist Majority’s Eleanor Smeal, and Planned Parenthood’s Gloria Feldt claim to be pro-family. But Hispanics are very aware that these pro-abortion groups have lobbied against legislation that would ensure that parents know whether their minor daughter is about to undergo a possibly life-threatening procedure.
They claim to be pro-child, but they work to defend partial-birth abortions which are so barbaric and unnecessarily cruel that nearly 3/4 of all Americans are opposed.
Abortionists are now being asked in courtrooms across America to give honest testimonies about what happens to an unborn child during a partial-birth abortion. Even presented in clinical language, partial-birth abortions are so ugly and so violent as to be obscene. Hispanics know that anyone who supports the deliberate killing of a partially delivered baby is not pro-child.
They shriek that they are pro-woman. Then why lobby against a bill that would offer the utmost protection to vulnerable pregnant women? As President Bush said at the signing of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, “The moral concern of humanity extends to those unborn children who are harmed or killed in crimes against their mothers.”
Hispanics know that special heartache a woman feels when an assailant harms or kills her unborn child. Hispanics have a much better sense of being “pro-woman” than Kate Michelman ever will.
If this weren’t enough mockery, they claim to be “pro-Hispanic.”
They really just don’t understand – – and don’t care – – that Latin Americans live in countries where abortion goes against the Latino culture, Latino morals, and Latino laws. These pro-abortion groups see this as backwardness, and they are shocked and awed by Hispanic resistance to pro-abortion propaganda.
The onslaught against Latinos increases daily as scores of American companies spend millions of dollars a year to try to change the Hispanic culture from a culture of life to a culture of death, both here in the U.S. and in Latin America. Thankfully, with the help of National Right to Life, International Right to Life, Human Life International-Spanish Division, and many other pro-life agencies, they are meeting more and stronger resistance.
In this country, as is evident by polls, we Hispanics bring our cultural abhorrence for abortion with us when we migrate. But make no mistake, we are a targeted group by those who marched in Washington, D.C.
They’ve even co-opted some terribly misinformed Hispanics who are way out of step with the rest of us to join them. But the vast majority of us know what’s right.
We know that every child has a place en nuestras casas y nuestras familias – – our homes and families. We know and cherish and honor the sanctity of motherhood and of life.
No matter how loud they shouted April 25, selling abortion to Hispanics will continue to be a very hard sell. Judging by the volume and the hysteria of their podium statements, they know it too.