Saturday, 10 May 2014

March4Lies Part 1: Tits 'n Tots



As fern hill reported, this year's March For Lies had a theme: RU4LIFE.

When I arrived on Parliament Hill, where antiChoice and proChoice converge momentarily before we separate into our camps - their parade, our protest - a young woman was urging the crowd to call a number on their cell phones to enter a contest. Technology assists fundraising!

I missed the ruckus that occurred when two Femen interrupted the usual blathering by priests at the microphone.  QMI photographer Tony Caldwell took a series of photos, here's the gallery.  In this one, appalled antiChoice parents cover their children's eyes because NEKKID BREASTS!  Never mind there's a truck driving around town plastered with 3 x 10 metre photos of medical detritus claimed to be the results of abortion.

So I found my proChoice posse and down Elgin Street we went, to a location between the provincial court house and the ugliest human rights monument in the world.

The Radical Handmaids contingent arrived shortly thereafter and our group positioned itself to meet the onslaught of Marching Catholic Schoolchildren. (photo from @ArielTroster)




Thousands of adolescents are bussed in from Catholic schools in Ontario and Quebec, though not as many as claimed every year by the March4Lies organizers.  They make up roughly 90% of the parade. The rest are, in descending numbers: Knights of Columbus bedecked in cloaks and plumes, priests, elderly people, couples with their progeny.  Total? About 500 of them.



And the signs they carry! Next year I will bring a proper camera to document every stoopid, illogical and ignorant utterance that is displayed on those signs.

This year's winner was a reversible sign.  One side said: "I regret my abortion"; the other read: "I regret lost fatherhood".  The irony that most of these folks marching were the product of PREGNANCIES that their mothers and fathers regretted (shotgun weddings!) and punished them for (child abuse!) - was clearly not within the realm of their comprehension.

The newest member of the Radical Handmaids is a wanted and cherished child:




Part 2 will cover the tactics of one StunTV performance-artist-wannabe-Ann-Coulter as she ambushed some of the prochoice women in our group.

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