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Women Betrayed: A New Generation Rallies Nationwide to Protest Planned Parenthood


SUE ELLEN BROWDER

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Media/Opinion
Date:
7/31/2015

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ABSTRACTWomen Betrayed: A New Generation Rallies Nationwide to Protest Planned Parenthood | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  July 26, 2015 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate News Blogs Radio Events Resources Advertise Store Subscriptions Make This My Homepage Resources Archives Jobs College Guide Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Jeanette DeMelo Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matthew Archbold Joan Frawley Desmond Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Policies & Guidelines Digital Ad Specs Print Ad Specs Editorial Calendar & Due Dates Order Web Ad Subscribe Discounted Bulk Subscriptions Give a Gift Subscription Renew Your Subscription Renew Your Gift Subscription Change of Address Missed Issues Payments Account Status General Customer Service Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Women Betrayed: A New Generation Rallies Nationwide to Protest Planned Parenthood (4615) The July 28 events in 65 cities across the U.S. focused mainstream media attention on the reality that young, articulate pro-life women are an emergent cultural and political force. Tweet by SUE ELLEN BROWDER 07/31/2015 Comments (13) – Students for Life They’re young. They’re articulate. They’re well-organized. And it has taken only a spark to set them ablaze: The explosive Planned Parenthood “baby parts” scandal has ignited a raging fire in the pro-life women’s movement. “ Women Betrayed ” rallies in 65 cities across the United States July 28 drew more than 12,000 Americans, mostly young women, demanding that  Planned Parenthood be stripped of the $528 million in funding the behemoth organization receives annually from taxpayer dollars. “The face of the pro-life movement is a young woman’s face,” observed Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America , whose organization came up with the idea for the rallies. “These rallies were overwhelmingly run by young women. This is counter to what Planned Parenthood and NARAL would like you to believe. They want you to think the pro-life movement is run by old men and all young women are really on their side. That’s simply not true.” Although many journalists persist in reporting on the “pro-life movement” and the “women’s movement” as two separate, mutually exclusive and even conflicting social forces, George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré suggested this notion is decades out of date. “Any characterization of the ‘women’s movement’ which understands it to be opposite or exclusive of the pro-life movement is now anachronistic. … It’s a thing of the 1970s,” declared Alvaré, president of Women Speak for Themselves . “Since the late 1960s — but exploding in more recent decades — women have been leading the charge in the pro-life movement, and doing so precisely in the name of the human rights of women and of the unborn … together, never opposed.”   Mainstream Media Attention Mainstream media attention for the rallies was intense. In Washington, Fox and MSNBC live-streamed the rally, and three presidential candidates — Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson — spoke before an estimated crowd of 400 people. “We had over 300 local and national stories about the rallies,” Hawkins reported. “Between print and TV coverage, more than 300 million read or saw our messages.”  Why do women feel so betrayed? “For decades,” Hawkins replied, “women have been told, ‘You have to have an abortion in order to continue your education or to be successful in your career, that [the baby in the womb] is nothing but a ‘blob of tissue’ and that an abortion is nothing — it’s like having your appendix out or a tooth removed. And now, women find out they’re selling parts of these babies for their organs. They’re fully developed human beings. So over and over again, the abortion lobby and Planned Parenthood have lied to and betrayed women.” Proclaiming the July event the pro-life movement’s “biggest day, ever,” Hawkins said in a press release sent out by email, “I’ve never been more proud of our team and our grassroots leaders at Students for Life. That our small staff of 24 and courageous volunteers all over the country could pull off the largest media event in the history of the pro-life movement, it just shows how the Holy Spirit is working in our movement.” Two babies — one in Houston, the other in Pittsburgh.......