I protest!

I wish to exercise my First-Amendment right to note this most-vigorous protest to your incredibly slanted and biased report on the March for Life on Saturday, Jan. 12, which I had the great honor of attending and witnessing and could hardly recognize the event you reported compared to what I saw with my own eyes and experienced with my own emotions.

Your reporter stated that the crowd was about 1,500 people. He failed to note, inadvertently I am sure, that Archbishop Gregory Aymond estimated the crowd at 3,000, at a minimum; and after more years than I care to remember, or admit, of reading your reliably and liberally slanted reportage, using that term in its loosest possible connotation, I’ll go with an archbishop of the church every single time. That statement is especially true when buttressed by what one saw with one’s own eyes by being there for the entire three hours, from Old State Capitol to the Capitol steps.

Your reporter gave quite a bit of space (almost 15 percent by my own word count) to the counterprotest of the pro-abortion group, which must have been a protest only your reporter saw, as I never saw a sign of anything like what was described in the article. However, I cannot help but note, for the information of the spokeswoman for the pro-abortion group, that what I attended was the polar opposite of a “pro-war, anti-environment, anti-equality” march, as her sign apparently suggested. This was a protest against a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court 40 years ago, by virtue of which 55 million American lives have been destroyed, and had nothing whatsoever to do with war or the environment, although it certainly did have everything to do with equality, the meaning of which the supporters of abortion might readily see if they would just think for one moment.

It is truly a shame that one not personally attending Saturday’s March for Life and only getting their information from your “report” would not have known about so many moving and touching moments and sights which took place in the course of the march, and the various presentations, such as the one which was clearly the most poignant of all for me, the indescribably courageous women of Silent No More, who stood on the steps facing the crowd with large signs proclaiming “I regret my abortion.”

I hope this brief account will give the public a little more insight into what actually happened at the outpouring of love and prayer and devotion for the sanctity of life Saturday here in Baton Rouge.

James George


Baton Rouge