NARAL and Planned Parenthood, multi-million dollar juggernauts of CT’s abortion industry, were outshined and nearly outnumbered by a band of pro-life and pro-religious-liberty witnesses at a rally this past sunny Saturday in Hartford.


Despite being sponsored by 20 organizations (many subsidized by our own state and federal governments), receiving weeks of free advertising by The Hartford Courant, and having several of CT’s pro-abortion glitterati as speakers, the “Unite Women Rally” was estimated by reporters to have only around 100 people – many of them staffers for the various political candidates and Occupy Hartford protesters. (See the Courant’s story here.)  This, in contrast to a group of people who held cheerful yellow balloons sporting the word “LIFE” and prayed at the rally giving witness to religious freedom and the plight of unborn women in CT. (See Peter’s video here.)

Disappointing as it was to Rally organizers, the weak attendance by even the members of their various sponsoring organizations shows that grassroots momentum lies with the majority of people that support parental notification and religious liberty.


Speaking of the Hartford Courant, in the freshest Fresh Talk column dated April 18, 2012, a UConn senior laments that the University of Connecticut should not permit images of “graphic pictures of aborted fetuses” to be displayed on campus.  You see, the pictures are likely to induce feelings of “shame or guilt” for women who might use their “legal right” to kill a child.  And therefore, the young co-ed discerns, the Campus should suppress “images that can trigger distress and negatively impact the mental health of anyone using our campus.”  Imagine that – distresses and negative impacts.  Hmm, I can think of a series of other distresses and negative impacts on a particular class of persons whose only crime is to be “unwanted.”  But their punishment is not short term discomfort, it’s death.  You see, setting aside the effectiveness of these types of displays, one thing you can say for sure is that the truth hurts.  So take comfort fresh-talking co-ed, because to quote a former co-ed you may admire…“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”  – Gloria Steinem


8 Responses to “Pro-Abortion “Unite Women” Rally a Bust”

  1. on 02 May 2012 at 4:53 pmLeticia Velasquez

    Those are my daughters Gabriela and Isabella Velasquez in that photo, they asked to attend the rally because they believe in equal treatment of women BUT they think unborn women deserve the right to life first. Women deserve better than abortion. They intend on finishing college, working and raising families without having to use abortion to achieve success in this world.
    The girls and their friend Annette Pasqualini (not pictured in the photo) enjoyed the rally despite the lack of news coverage about us, and being asked to get to the back of the rally by the organizers who disagreed with their saying that Planned Parenthood does not speak for them. Seems that there is no diversity of opinion permitted at this rally. despite the use of our tax dollars to fund it!

  2. on 02 May 2012 at 8:42 pmMary

    Glad the media visits regularly. The truth in the above picture shows we were 20 to 40 throughout the morning praying for life. Can you believe our state deputy was quoted as saying ‘I hate yellow balloons’ and provoked a cheer for this? We were present and noticed and frequently referenced throughout the glitterati of speeches, vendors and other phoney free choice exhibitilia. What really spoke to me was how two police turned their backs to us while a very angry looking man came into the faces of the front line of our group members one by one and spoke desparagingly to us and to each one, pointing his thumb down, and really begging us to leave. This shows how the truth stands and sets us free and how it hurts and how we did not have the protection of police from the ill will of the speakers and of this man. Thank God and Our Blessed Mother for protecting us in Rosary prayers. Save America the Rosary Way!

  3. on 04 May 2012 at 6:22 pmCaron Sheffield

    I was present at this rally. I unfortunately witnessed a very angry man screaming vulgarities and spewing hatred DIRECTLY in the faces of praying people. He was screaming up in the face of one man who had his eyes closed and continued praying despite this vicious verbal and close to physical attack. The police officers did NOTHING to prevent such interaction, the angry man was not asked or told to move away. On the other hand, as I went approximately 20 feet away from our yellow balloons to get a better vantage point to take a photo, I was literally guided back and told to “go back” by a rally organizer who immediately looked to the officers for backup. Yes, it seems I must have appeared as threatening with yellow balloons tied to my belt loop and a camera around my neck! This I have on video!! My free speech rights as a person there to observe and pray were completely squashed and limited while at the same time this angry screaming man was allowed to spew hateful and venomous language up in others faces. I later found out was my 3 young men’s former library TEACHER who was fired from NFA! There was also another very angry and disturbed woman who approached our group and engaged us in dialogue that most would consider hate speech because of her content. I also have this ENTIRE exchange on video. So much for supposedly “empowering women” and “protecting their right to choose”, huh?! As a woman, I was not protected nor allowed to choose where to stand in a public park. This was an enlightening experience. I wonder if the ACLU would take my case???

  4. on 04 May 2012 at 9:16 pmMary

    Leticia, your daughters Gabriela and Isabella are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you for having them! Thank you to them for BEING, and being there! They lit up the event!!

  5. on 05 May 2012 at 9:20 amRichard

    The War on Women’s been reduced to the War for Late Term Abortion and free pills.

    So the threat of legislation means the Courant and its sister paper, the Advocate, will no longer pimp underaged girls on their web sites? What? No more sex trafficking of minors for Graziano and his minions at the Courant?

    Does that fall under the war on women too? Disallowing the moral hypocrisy of Catholic bashing over dead DR George Reardon while pimping underage girls through an affiliated web site?

    Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the loveless!

    So let me get this straight? That monster at the Courant was preaching that late term abortion is love and all the best that defines womenhood.

    I love the little snuffies and their War on GOP Women and War on Christian Women and traditional motherhood.

    If you haven’t snuffed one you aren’t a women. How cool! How trendy!

    What planet did that idiot come from?

  6. on 10 May 2012 at 10:50 amMary

    A part of the Prayer of St. Francis

    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love.

    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

    It is in dying, we are born to Eternal Life.

  7. on 10 May 2012 at 10:52 amMary

    Paraphrase of Cardinal Newman

    ‘Kindly Light, lead Thou me on.’

    Dear friends: we do best to cool emotions and stay with facts of observation. By way of observation it appears those who are standing for life, act in a gentlemanly and lady-like manner. Let us continue in this way to do our best to love our enemies and those who provoke, incite and do not agree with us.

  8. on 10 May 2012 at 9:51 pmMary

    And still, let us continue the good fight, with Heaven’s help and the best standard:

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and the snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell, Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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