Did You Forget to Celebrate National Abortion Day?

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 17, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Did You Forget to Celebrate National Abortion Day?

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 17, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Did you forget to celebrate "National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers?" It’s not on the calendar, but if abortion advocates had their way, it would be.

Last Wednesday, March 10th, pro-abortion groups celebrated this manufactured holiday to honor those people who make their living destroying the lives of unborn children. The abortion lobby celebrated the day by staging events and bringing gifts to staff at local abortion facilities.

Refuse and Resist, a radical fringe element of the pro-abortion movement, created the holiday. The group urged those celebrating it to sponsor local events and to use their "imagination, creativity and dedication to help create a climate" where abortion facility staff "can hold their heads high.’"

Since you likely overlooked the holiday, you may have forgotton to take "flowers or a breakfast basket of fruit or muffins" to your local abortion business, as the pro-abortion group suggested.

Most Americans would be disgusted that abortion practitioners are hailed as heroes, says one pro-life observer.

"The very fact that there exists such a ‘holiday’ — created in 1996 and co-sponsored by more than twenty major groups, including Planned Parenthood and National Organization for Women (NOW) — says everything you need to know about the pro-abortion movement today," writes syndicated columnist Joel Mowbray.
"Even to people who support keeping the procedure legal, abortion is not something to be glorified," Mowbray adds.

The abortion holiday was created in part to mourn those who have died from abortion-related violence. While no one associated with any pro-life group has participated in acts of violence against abortion business staff, the pro-abortion movement has used such acts of vigilante violence to paint the pro-life community as extremists.

Tim Graham of the Media Research Center says it’s time for that to stop.

Graham says the media latched on the abortion lobby’s efforts to tarnish the image of the pro-life community.

"At its apex, the national media devoted hundreds of stories a year to harassment and violence surrounding abortion clinics," Graham explains. "Violence committed against abortionists or clinic personnel inspired more than 500 network television stories from January 1992 to mid-1995."

Though acts of abortion-related violence has subsided, the focus hasn’t changed to what is happening inside abortion facilities.

"The plague of anti-abortion violence has largely vanished from the land, and that needs to be acknowledged. It’s too bad we can’t say the same thing about the plague of daily violence doled out by the abortion industry," Graham said.