Jill Stanek


Nationwide ‘walks for choice’ limped

Jill Stanek

This past Saturday, February 26, pro-aborts tried to organize a “Walk for Choice” in various cities around the country. The goal was to show support for Planned Parenthood in the face of our effort to defund it.

Remember the pro-life flash mob, for instance? It was in response to Chicago’s Walk for Choice, whose videographer devoted more time to our much larger presence – organized in less time – than their own.

But while pro-lifers have a great ground game in every nook and cranny of the country, pro-aborts don’t. Nor do they have the communication network we do.

And so they saw, for example, a clash in timing between the New York W4C with Planned Parenthood’s rally, which resulted in this…

I found it interesting that NY W4C organizers didn’t redirect their people to attend the PP rally, which pro-lifers would have done in a similar situation. Dissension?

RH Reality Check devoted an entire post to rebutting complaints that the DC W4C “was poorly advertised [and] the turn-out was depressingly small.”

I did a spot check of the promoted W4Cs. Minneapolis…


Seattle’s event was larger, although “the rally broke a bit earlier than originally planned, mostly because of the cold.” Namby Pambys for Choice would be more like it. They’d never survive even 15 minutes of the 4 hour March for Life held every January in DC…

MSM coverage of the Nashville W4C optimistically reported “more than 100″ participants, but news video shows this could only have been true if they were counting people in dog years.

News coverage of the Hawaii W4C also showed 1) weak attendance, 2) B-footage strangely cutting to several ultrasounds of pregnant mothers, and 3) it was organized by PP, not an organically grown show of support for abortion.

theind.com reported “a small group” of pro-aborts showed up for Lafayette, LA’s, W4C. An optimistic reporter counted “more than a dozen.” If it were a pro-life crowd, I’m betting the same reporter would have counted “less than 20″…

Because there was no rally wrap-up or photos, I’m speculating the Santa Fe rally never got off the ground; nor the rally in Gainesville, FL;  nor the rally in Youngstown, OH. Again, I just did a spot check. But the list of the various W4Cs was way more bark than bite.

Here’s a photo of the little Little Rock W4C, giving an example of what I often saw – many PP-supplied, “I stand with Planned Parenthood” and “Don’t take away my breast exams” posters, leading me to wonder how many PP employees were compelled to fill out whatever crowds there were around the country…

Finally, I read a ton of these on the sites I perused – excuses…

Pro-lifers have something the other side will never, never, ever, ever have: Passionate support for our cause in every pocket of America, come rain, snow, sleet, or dark of night.

We’ll see a ready example only next week when the largest ever 40 Days for Life campaign kicks off in a record-breaking 247 cities across the US, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Georgia, Ireland, and Spain.

Back to you, pro-choice.

Note: This blog post originally appeared on JillStanek.com. Reprinted here with permission.

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