KARK Channel 4 in Little Rock distorts size of Little Rock pro-life march

I attended the March for Life at the Capitol in Little Rock on January 20, 2013 and I noticed that there were several thousand people gathered at the pro-life event. My son Wilson even got his picture taken with some of the Duggar sisters.  (Paul Greenberg’s speech was great.) The day before it was reported that around 300 pro-choice supporters had gathered. Notice the distorted story from KARK Channel 4 website that indicates that both marches had about the same amount of people in attendance.

In fact,the pro-life march in Washington on January 25 may have more people than President Obama’s inauguration. Paul Bedard noted, “The march, expected to attract tens of thousands more than the record 400,000 two years ago, could rival President Obama’s Inauguration Day crowd, propelled by the growing youth support of efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, which the president has embraced with open arms. Obama drew 1.8 million in 2009. Just 600,000 are expected January 21st.”

Hundreds Gather For Pro-Life Rally At State Capitol

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Protesters marched through downtown Little Rock Sunday for the 35th annual March For Life rally.

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By: Jocelyn Tovar, KARK 4 NEWS
Updated: January 20, 2013
Ending on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol supporters gave speeches about overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision giving women the right to end a pregnancy.One right-to-life advocate said the effort is her calling.”When we went to the march in D.C. one year ago,” said Stella Wadley the President of the Benton County Pro-Life Chapter. “I asked my son, if a reporter asked you why you were here what would you say? And he said, ‘I would tell them I’m here because my mother didn’t abort me’… And I can’t say it better than that.”

Saturday hundreds of pro-choice advocates rallied on the Capitol’s steps.

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article was much more objective.

Abortion opponents mark 40 years since Roe v. Wade case

By Spencer Willems

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PHOTO BY STATON BREIDENTHAL

Alexis St. Clair of Hot Springs listens to the program Sunday afternoon at the 35th annual March for Life at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

This article was published today at 12:49 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Gathered around the steps of the state Capitol on Sunday afternoon, anti-abortion activists were told their struggle to ensure a “right to life” resembles a struggle fought more than 150 years ago.

During a keynote address at the Arkansas Right to Life’s 35th annual “March For Life,” speaker Paul Greenberg, the editorial page editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, dubbed the landmark case that allowed abortion, Roe v. Wade, the most contentious Supreme Court ruling since the 1857 Dred Scott decision that held that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in the territories.

“Then it was human slavery that was sanctioned. Today, it is the destruction of the most innocent,” Greenberg said.

Instead of America’s “peculiar institution,” which was slavery, Greenberg said the new title is “choice.”

“I haven’t been in a march like this since the Civil Rights day,” Greenberg told a crowd that state Capitol police estimated to range between 2,500 and 3,500. “We understand that life is the first and greatest of gifts and the prerequisite [for all others].”

On Saturday, 300 went to the same steps to celebrate Monday’s 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion and expanded women’s access to health-care options.

On Sunday, the anti-abortion event drew thousands from across the state carrying banners, placards and American flags, and featured a variety of speakers and performers.

Kevin and Charlotte Butcher of Cabot went to the annual event in support of what they say is a “moral” imperative.

“I’ve always been pro-life,” Charlotte Butcher said. “For me, I was raised going to church when Roe v. Wade was passed, I remember talking about it with my mother and being concerned. And she was a nurse.”

They also took their 12-and 11-year-old daughters, Dara and Laura, who they said could learn from the 40-year old movement to end abortion in the country.

“The biggest lesson is the value of life, that life is valuable inside the womb and outside the womb,” Kevin Butcher said. “And [our kids] need to know that not all people think that way.”

After 40 years, and as Charlotte Butcher points out, more than 50 million procedures or “babies killed,” the Butchers don’t see the antiabortion movement going anywhere.

“I don’t think it ever will [lose steam] as long as we believe lives are being taken,” Charlotte Butcher said.

State Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, a board member of the Arkansas Right to Life organization, spoke about proposed legislation in this year’s general assembly meant to curb abortions.

One such proposal, authored by Rep. Butch Wilkins, D-Bono, would authorize Arkansas to opt out of providing abortion coverage under the federal health-care law, a measure that has passed in 18 other states.

“There is no issue larger than protecting life,” Mayberry said.

Arkansas, Pages 9 on 01/21/2013

Print Headline: Activists march for ‘right to life’

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