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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:28 AM
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Pro-choice forces mustering for capital march
Washington -- Suite 300 is deceptively quiet. Office workers sit at their computers in cluttered cubicles, the only sounds the tap-tap-tap on the keyboards, the endless chirp of the telephones and the low hum of conversations.

But the numbers tell the real story.

The workers in these four cramped rooms in a downtown office building get an average 1,000 e-mails a week and run a Web site that earlier this month logged 1 million hits in one day. They've ordered 700,000 purple and gold stickers and 800,000 palm-size leaflets. Some are trying to recruit more than 6,000 volunteers, while others are coordinating hundreds of delegations coming here from across the United States.

The goal, Alice Cohan explained this week, is to assemble a crowd on the National Mall that is "too big to ignore." The cause: women's abortion rights, which activists say are threatened as never before

Generation Ambivalent
On the eve of the biggest abortion-rights march in a decade, organizers try to attract a younger crowd
By Debra Rosenberg

Newsweek April 26 issue - One night last week in downtown Washington, D.C., the NARAL Pro-Choice America "march action center" hummed like a campaign headquarters on election night. Fueled by pizza and soda, a few dozen volunteers glued a thousand placards onto cardboard handles in just half an hour. They had only days left before the first large abortion-rights gathering in more than a decadethe April 25 "March for Women's Lives." Some of the volunteers reminisced about marches of years past. But Laura Kopp, 18, had little to be misty-eyed about. An intern at a nearby law office, the Antioch College freshman acknowledges that not all of her peers find abortion rights an easy sell. "We're the first generation to be more pro-life than our parents," she says.

Abortion-rights leaders are aiming to change that. "We have a big, big challenge," says Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt, who hopes the march will inspire a new wave of young abortion-rights activists. Recent polls show a steady erosion of support among the post-Roe generation. Last fall UCLA found that 55 percent of freshmen at more than 400 schools said abortion should be legal, down from 64 percent a decade earlier. In a February NEWSWEEK GENext Poll, only 3 percent of those 18 to 29 called abortion the most important issue America faces. Born long after the last back-alley abortion and raised under the pro-choice Clinton administration, the post-Roe set has learned to take legal abortion for granted. Some disagree with the abortion-rights movement entirely. "They just assumed we'd be on their side," says Boston College student Kelly Kroll, 21, a former president of American Collegians for Life.
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:46 AM
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1. Well it's about freaking TIME.
I'll be there with bells on if I'm still in the country...
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:55 AM
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2. Wished I could be there
I will show my support in other ways.
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wasichu Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:19 AM
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3. why protest for something that is already legal?
I might be crazy but I spend my energy on things that need to be changed.

Let the anti-choice people scream and cry all they want, it is never going to be illegal.
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:41 AM
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4. periodically...
we need to protest in massive numbers, to remind the politicians that reproductive freedom has a LOT of supporters. If the only people the politicians hear from are the pro-life morons, they'll get a skewed view.

Once it's gone, it's too late to protest. It's FAR easier to keep it legal than to get it relegalized.

Civil rights are NOT negotiable. Attacks on civil rights must be met head-on.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:58 AM
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5. Welcome to DU, but I think you're mistaken.
"Never going to be illegal?" I don't share your optimism...
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:31 PM
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7. Should people just let it become illegal and then protest?
They are making a point with lawmakers that they will pay a price with voters if they try to take away women's civil rights.
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ultramega Donating Member (160 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:57 PM
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9. Only legal by 5-4 majority on SCOTUS.
It may take losing Roe to wake up some of these young women. I'm in the virtual march, can't afford to go and can't leave 13 animals.

The people going after Roe are also going after birth control, sex education, planned parenthood services here and abroad, separation of church and state, gay civil rights, public education, evolution theory and science education in general, medicare and social security and ultimately the Bill of Rights itself.

People need to stop thinking of this as a gender issue or one issue. Anti-abortion politics is a tentacle of the religious right's aim to destroy our democracy, which separates it from those who may be philosophically opposed to abortion for themselves.
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shtinkycat Donating Member (126 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:44 PM
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6. I'll be there
and I'm looking forward to adding whatever small voice I have. I do not take reproductive rights for granted, having been a teenager when abortion was illegal.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:46 PM
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8. This 50-something woman will be there!
The Bush administration has already taken away a lot of the things women have fought for. I don't trust them to maintain Roe v Wade one little bit. Plus, it's things like pulling the funding for the UN Family Planning Fund - that really annoys me. It would actually prevent abortions but the Bush adminstration has spoken!

My husband is questioning my sanity of spending 14 hours on a bus down there and again for the ride home but this is much too important an issue to sit on the sidelines and wish afterwards I had participated in. I'll be marching with the DNC.
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