Krista Gesaman of Newsweek.com’s Gaggle blog could have saved herself from the indignity of making the absurd claim that young women were “missing” from protests marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by merely searching through the past coverage of the March for Life by the Washington Post, Newsweek’s sister publication.
In past years, the Post has highlighted the “youthful throng,” the “large turnout of young people,” and has quoted from teenagers participating at the annual pro-life March.
My colleague Ken Shepherd noted Gesaman’s beyond faulty conclusion on Friday, and highlighted a recent Marist poll that indicated that “58 percent of persons aged 18-29 view abortion as ‘morally wrong.'” Members of this age were all born after the 1973 Roe decision by the Supreme Court, so it’s not that surprising of a statistic. He also underlined how “hundreds if not thousands of busloads teeming with teenagers and college students, many of them young women, descend on the nation’s capital for the annual March for Life.”
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The Washington Post’s coverage in recent years has supported Shepherd’s assertion. Post staff writer Michelle Boorstein covered the March in 2006 (she also co-wrote articles on the pro-life demonstration in 2007 and 2009), and highlighted the youthful component to the March in an article titled “Protesters See Mood Shift Against ‘Roe.'” She mentioned the “large turnout of young people, who filled the march route along Constitution Avenue and lined the walls outside the Supreme Court in cheerleader jackets, black leather outfits with studs and T-shirts that read, ‘Abortion is Mean’ and ‘Sex is good, the pill is not.'” Later in the article, Boorstein also described later how “[t]he mood [at the March] was closer to a party than a political protest, and the soundtrack of the day was the laughter of young people.” Near the end of her article, the writer noted that a small group of pro-abortion counter-demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court were “drowned out by dozens of young abortion opponents shouting, ‘Boo!’ On the other side of the wide sidewalk in front of the court building, rows of teenagers stood in a silent protest, a single strip of red tape across their mouths with the word ‘life’ written in black.”
Read More: By Matthew Balan, Newsbusters