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The Face of pro-abortion extremism

by | Mar 15, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Margaret Doyle is removed by Capitol Police from the General Assembly Building in Richmond , Virginia

The story is kind of a companion piece to “She ‘Loves Abortion’ and is Proud of it.” In a Washington Post story and in a column, the reader literally sees the face of pro-abortion extremism.

A photo of Margaret Doyle, taken by a Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer, became an instant classic, of a sort, when it was picked up by the Associated Press. Shown struggling with Capitol Police, Doyle looks…well, make up your own mind. Suffice it to say if ever—and I do mean EVER—a pro-lifer protested in that manner–and with that visage– it would be instantly stamped the “face” of the Movement forever and ever.

A story by Post reporter Anita Kumar, who is, shall we say, not usually highly suspect of abortion supporters, gives us some context. It turns out that Doyle “e-mailed an angry profanity-laced diatribe” (it’s unclear in the story, but I gather it was sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell) and an equally foul-mouthed—and threatening e-mail—to the sponsor of the ultrasound bill, Del. Kathy Byron (R-Campbell).

Contacted by Kumar, Doyle said,  “I’m a much more level-headed person,” but that she was “frustrated by Byron’s betrayal of women.”

In a classic example of false equivalency, Kumar then editorializes, “The e-mails, part of hundreds that were sent during the legislative session that ended Saturday, underscored the passion felt on both sides as the General Assembly considered several abortion measures.”

Post columnist Courtland Milloy, who is African-American, wrote a kind of sequel to an earlier column which had argued (spurred by the controversy over the Virginia ultrasound bill) that too much attention is paid to the “iconic white woman” and not enough to women of color.

For my purpose here, what is more relevant is Milloy’s fierce anger at a billboard that “could appear” in Washington, DC “featuring large photograph of an adorable yet pensive looking black girl standing beneath these words: ‘The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.’” (For background, see

The billboard can’t be what it is: a gentle but unsubtle reminder that African American women have abortions in numbers wildly out of proportion to their percentage of the population. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute,  black women make up about 13 percent of the U.S. female population, but account for 30 percent of abortions performed in the U.S.

No, to Milloy, “[T]he real intent is to shame the black woman, single her out by race and cast her body as the personification of sin and death.”

The rest of the column is a failed attempt to connect the dots. Only those who think they can turn every pro-life attempt to help women into an example of “shaming” them would buy its here, there, and everywhere logic.

These are just two examples of the pro-abortion camp’s imaginary “war on women.” The bad news is that anyone would sink to this.

The good news is that most Americans are far too smart to be duped by such a transparently political ploy.

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