Thousands Protest Abortion at Democratic Convention But Media Ignores Them

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 26, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Thousands Protest Abortion at Democratic Convention But Media Ignores Them

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 26
, 2008

Denver, CO ( — Thousands of pro-life advocates are lining the streets of Denver protesting abortion at the Democratic convention, but you’d never know it from the national media coverage of the event. On Monday night, led by Alveda King and Archbishop Charles Chaput, they held a prayer vigil at a Planned Parenthood.

As many as 2,500 people lined the streets outside a local abortion center and called on Democratic Party leaders, and their pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama, to stop abortions.

Some participants carried rosaries or pro-life signs while teenagers scrawled pro-life messages on the sidewalks with chalk — including those Democratic convention participants would use to head to the Pepsi Center.

King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, told the participants that Obama would be a nightmare as president because he supports abortion throughout pregnancy and without limits.

“Senator Obama’s answer to the ills of society [including] continued tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, are diametrically opposed to everything African Americans truly believe and an anathema to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr," she said.

King told the audience she knows the pain women feel from an abortion because she’s had three and said Obama is condemning women to the kind of pain she’s felt.

She said Obama will talk about other political issues when he gives his acceptance speech on Thursday, but she said none of those issues matter if people are not alive to enjoy the benefits.

“We can talk about poverty; we can talk about the war; we can talk about teen pregnancy; we can talk about incarceration," King said. "However, if we’re not allowed to live, we’ll never encounter those issues.”

For Alveda King, abortion is a civil rights issue.

“Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother,” she explains. “The mother decides his or her fate.”

Meanwhile, the pro-life group Operation Rescue is driving numerous trucks around the streets of Denver with pro-life or anti-Obama messages. The group’s president, Troy Newman, tells they are garnering reaction from media celebrities, delegates, and the "man on the street."

Newman reports that he saw reactions from Democratic talking head James Carville and television reporter Sam Donaldson, among others.

"Security has made it very difficult to get near the DNC venues, but the Truth Trucks just can’t be ignored," he said.


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