by Edd Doerr
The Washington Post on Aug 15 ran an obituary for Nellie Gray, the dare of whose death was not mentioned. Gray was the main organizer of the annual Jan 22 "March for Life" at the Supreme Court to protest Roe v Wade. Following is the comment I posted in the Post on line ---
"As someone who debated Nellie Gray more than once, I must say that I admired her tenacity. However, I must add that it is sad and tragic that this woman spent decades working to deny women freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, that she expended so much effort to have government impose on all women a malicious medieval misogynist morality akin to slavery. The suffering she caused countless women is beyond calculation. Nellie Gray betrayed all women and undermined the basic freedom of religion of all Americans. Pathetic.
"Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty, arlinc.org"
I well remember my last debate with her several years ago before an audience of Jewish high school students. She stupidly threw at the students the Catholic bishops outdated arguments against reproductive choice. I won the debate hands down, as I usually do.
Incidentally, ARL has just joined an amicus curiae brief to the 9th Circuit of Appeals in a defense of the Washington State law requiring all pharmacies to provide emergency contraception medications. Other religious groups joining Planned Parenthood and ARL in the brief include Catholics for Choice, an admirable Washington-based organization of pro-choice Catholics.