Women March Against the Phony "War on Women" - Los Angeles, CA 4/28/2012
We all know the story - When the Catholic Church objected to a provision in President Obama’s 2000 page "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", that requires Catholic hospitals and schools to provide both contraceptives and so called "Day After" pills as part of their employee healthcare packages, Democrats pulled the old bait and switch, accusing Republicans of engaging in a "War on Women" for supporting the Church’s objections. A 30 year old Democrat activist named Sandra Fluke, posing as a doe-eyed college student, was brought in to speak before a group of House Democrats as part of the "Conscience Clause Committee". She explained how the Catholic University she attended did not provide her with free contraceptives and so she was forced to spend over $1000.00 per year of her own money to pay for birth control. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, finding Flukes claim of spending $1000.00 per year on contraception to be a bit of an exaggeration, made a series of tasteless jokes about how much sex would be required in order to spend more than $1000.00 on birth control in a mere 365 days. In the process he called Fluke a "slut". He also said Fluke was ""having so much sex, it’s amazing she can still walk". Although Limbaugh’s jokes left something to be desired, his point was valid; either Fluke was exaggerating or she was having an incredible amount of sex - and expected her Catholic University to pay for it.
A rational person might think that the real issue is whether the Federal Government has the right to force a religious organization to provide (or subsidize) services that are in direct opposition to their long held religious values, but Democrats (and the Left in general) are not concerned with reason (or the U.S. Constitution), and they quickly pounced upon Limbaugh’s comments as an opportunity to create a distraction from the true issue at hand.
So on Saturday, April 28th, women (and some men) gathered in various cities around the country to protest against the completely fabricated, entirely phony, non-existent "Republican War on Women".
I paid a visit to the rally at Pershing Square in the middle of Downtown, Los Angeles.
When I arrived the march was just beginning. A crowd of perhaps 200, mostly women, were parading around the block chanting slogans and waving signs.
Let’s take a closer look at their messages.
Republicans were portrayed as villainous, women-hating puritans hell bent on oppressing women.
And of course Catholics were the other big villains of the day.
Many women carried signs that can only be described as "pro-abortion".
"Free Abortion on Demand - No Apologies" was a common theme.
Crude language was the order of the day. Comedian, Mo Gaffney, set the tone for all the other speakers with a profanity-laced, rage-filled rant…
And illustrations of sex organs were ubiquitous.
At one point after a speaker gratuitously used the words "penis" and "vagina" again and again, a young girl of perhaps 7 or 8 standing at the front of the stage put her hands over her ears and yelled out, "Hey, there are children here!" to which the woman on stage replied, "Some day you’ll find out what your vagina is for, and then you’ll thank me". The crowd had a good laugh.
Another old feminist dressed up as a suffragette took the stage and in the middle of a long rambling speech made the strange statement that if Christians "mainly in the South" are successful in promoting abstinence then we’ll have to "legalize bestiality". She goes on to say that she’s an attorney who defends the "the prostitutes and the pimps of San Diego".
And what would a feminist protest be without references to wire coat hangers?
Nearly every speaker mentioned that she was raised by a "single mother". One young woman, after saying "Let’s give it up for single mothers!" wished that her own mother had more "options" when she "found out she was pregnant with me", then catching herself said "I mean, I’m glad I’m here to share this with you, but…"
In fact there were a number of signs praising moms, which seemed kind of odd considering all the pro-abortion signs.
So I will leave you with some more random pictures of the "anti-war" protestors and their messages to ponder over…
At most protests I’ve documented there are at least a few counter protesters, but since there really is no "War on Women", there were no counter protesters on hand to show their support for the war effort. Well, in truth, one guy did show up with a big cross. He just stood near the back on the grass.
But he really doesn’t count as a true counter protester because this guy is always walking around near Pershing Square with his cross.
And of course no Left-wing protest would be complete without some dude in a Che Guevara t-shirt.
But my favorite sign of the day had to be the one held by this lovely young lassie.
It was, in the end, a small rally of no more than 250 or so.
But of all the signs and placards I saw that day, the one held by this "grandmother" was the most accurate.
The "War on Women" is bullshit, complete and utter B.S.
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