Despite an impending historic blizzard just hours away from unleashing its wrath on the Washington D.C.-area, thousands poured into the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life event last Friday. Yet, while past marches have included prayer vigils, confronting pro-abortion protesters (all 20 of them) peacefully, and possibly enjoying the rest of the city’s sites, this year had marchers doing their loop around the Capitol building, then bolting in order to beat the snow.
Yet, as with years past, the march is filled with people from across the political spectrum. There are Democrats for Life, Feminists for Life, and even “lefties for life” (via WaPo):
Among those in the crowd was Richard Stith, 71, an Indiana law professor who called himself a part of a segment he dubbed “lefties for life” — people who he said view abortion opposition as part of a broader “consistent ethic for life.” In that, he said, is an opposition to the death penalty and any violence against LGBT people. He said he had been a member of a group called Socialists for Life as well and always felt welcome at the march.
Yet, not every pro-life march is without controversy. Contrary to the peaceful and respectful “confrontations” between protesters at the Supreme Court in D.C, the San Francisco march was rather vicious, with progressives throwing up middle fingers, yelling “f**k you” and “f**k your rosaries.” Classy group of folks, huh?
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Sam Rodyah, a volunteer from Stop Patriarchy, said the aim of the rally was to make the antiabortion rally uncomfortable and change the terms of the march.
“It is outrageous that this other side represents a vicious attack on women’s rights,” he said. “That shouldn’t be normalized. We want to change the parameters of this fight. It’s about making sure women have a choice over what happens to their bodies.”
As the two groups converged at the same corner, police officers stood at the metal barricades separating the protesters from the marchers. The shouting and sign waving continued as the long line of marchers moved down Market Street.