(Interested readers can find out my views on abortion on this website by doing a simple search.)
The Media Research Center transcribed some of the celebrity speeches that took place on Sunday’s March for Women’s Lives:
Whoopi Goldberg: ?This is no joke. This is still America. This is not a fundamentalist country. The separation of church and state must be maintained. We need to help stop the attacks on women?s reproductive rights in the name of religion, not only here at home, but all over the world. Does anybody remember this [holds up wire coat hanger]? You remember what this was used for? There?s a whole generation out there standing with us who don?t know what this is for. A couple of people said to me, ‘Why are you carrying a hanger?? I said because this is what life was like before choice. This was the choice. This was it, and I?m here to tell you never again….
?They?re talking about the loss of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court is split five to four on the issue. For now we?ve got five votes and the anti-choice people, they?ve got four. But we can all count one vote protecting the freedoms we?ve fought for [sic]. It?s not enough. We are one vote away from going back to this [holds up hanger again]. You understand? One vote away. It?s not even an option. We?re not going back. It?s not going to happen. The government continues to slash and destroy critical family planning — safe delivery, prenatal care, AIDS/HIV prevention funding. Here and around the world, we?ve seen critical life-saving dollars diverted so that abstinence-only programs can exist. Excuse me! Excuse me! That cannot be the only choice. Everybody makes a mistake….
?Women are dying around the world from illegal abortions. We stand here, we?re marching, but let me explain something to you. As we stand, one woman is dying every six minutes. Now let?s do the math. Since we left at 10 a.m., thereabouts, over 30 women have died needlessly. Today alone, thirty women are dead because they got pregnant in the wrong country. That?s why we?re here. The struggle has to go on until every woman in every country in the world has the right to control her life!”
It’s crude, but I doubt that Whoopi Goldberg has ever placed a wire hanger in her genitals in her life, and to claim solidarity with those who have by carrying one around is a bit like me affecting a limp to show that I belong in the same group as men who fought in Iraq. Why not? They’re men, right? I’m one. I support their cause.
Where’s the proof that the “government” is slashing “critical family planning?” I was under the impression that the Bush administration has already spent more taxpayer money on AIDS relief than any other in history. Ask Bob Geldof. “Everybody makes a mistake” isn’t, in my opinion, a good enough reason to continue funding programs that don’t work very effectively; it goes to the notion of government being the healer of all ills, righter of wrongs, and rectifier of all inequities.
I don’t know about the claim of one woman dying every six minutes “because they got pregnant in the wrong country.” That’s a lot of wire hangers, and if you go by the liberal gun control model, then all implements of vertical garment suspension should be outlawed. Why is it the responsibility of the U.S. if someone in, say, Antwerp kills herself with a wire hanger? I want the right to control my life, too, and part of that control is wrested from me every time I pay my taxes. I have the right to vote for who will spend that money in ways I think are more effective and ethical. Hence, I’ll continue voting in people who support abstinence over 8th-grade condom distribution.
Ashley Judd had something interesting to say, too:
?Keep your laws off my body! Can you hear me 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?! Say it with me so they can hear us. Keep your laws off my body! Say it to Congress. Keep your laws off my body! The average woman needs three decades of birth control or she will have 12 to 15 pregnancies in her lifetime. You don?t want us to have to abort those pregnancies? Have health insurance cover our birth control.?
That’s a lot of babies. It might not be a bad idea to send some of these extremely fertile women to, say, France, where the birth rate is in sharp decline. I don’t think it’s fair for the government to mandate that Joe Catholic must pay for Gertrude Protestant’s birth control pills, myself. I’d prefer it if you’d let the insurance companies set their own rules. Keep your laws out of my wallet! Can you hear me, Hollywood? Say it to Ashley.
Susan Sarandon (of course) was another speaker:
?And while this President claims to be concerned about the spread of AIDS globally, this rule also denies funding to AIDS organizations that share medical workers or clinical space with family planning non-profits, thus limiting the treatment and prevention of AIDS.
?We are here today with our daughters, with our mothers, with our husbands, with our boyfriends, with our sisters, with our lovers, and in solidarity with our sisters all over the world, to tell you to keep our hands off our bodies! We will not be gagged! We will not be silenced! And we will vote!…We will call, we will write letters. We reject, Mr. Bush, your hypocrisy, your greed, your disrespect for women?s bodies, for women everywhere!
I doubt somebody’s going to die of AIDS because he or she couldn’t go down the block to a different clinic, but I suppose that’s arguable. Why not have a courthouse inside a liquor store, then? Or put a methadone clinic in Children’s Hospital?
I’ve always found it fascinating that the liberal left screams louder than anyone else in human history about being “silenced” or “gagged.” They don’t seem to see the paradox inherent in the statement. If you did more critical thinking and less vocal complaining about being kept silent, you might get somewhere. I don’t know where she got the Bush disrespect for women’s bodies claim. Do pro-life women have disrespect for women’s bodies? I’ve seen a few with some pretty respectable bodies, myself.
And now we finally get to Camryn Manheim:
This is a historic day! Another in a noble list of historic days at this place, where the people of America stand up for their rights! We must continue to do so while we still can, at least until the Patriot Act is renewed! I hope John Ashcroft is listening — he?s just over there, you know — because we are a true threat to his vision of America!”
Liberal left scorecard: Silenced by the Patriot Act? Check. Evil Bully Ashcroft? Check. Ms. Manheim could’ve phoned that part in.
“We are one vote away on the Supreme Court from throwing women back to the 19th century, a world where after making the most difficult decision of a woman?s life, she and her doctor could be prosecuted for murder….We must make it clear that a hundred million women in this country will not have their rights rolled back by political extremists! The far right have already squandered your Social Security. They better put our uteruses in a lockbox and keep their hands off them!”
Well, there’s hyperbole, and there’s hyperbole. I’d like to think that having unprotected sex with someone with whom you don’t want to have children should be at least as difficult a decision as getting an abortion, but I’m a political extremist. Yes yes, everybody makes a mistake.
I’d sure like to see some of that Social Security money that was squandered, myself. Here I was, thinking that it all went to old people and social programs that don’t work. Wait a minute…is she sure it’s all the far right’s fault? When Ms. Manheim gets old enough, is she going to refuse her own Social Security?
I don’t want to touch the whole “uterus in a lockbox” thing. It’s icky.