When Republican presidents phone in remarks to the annual anti-abortion march in Washington, they address those remarks to Nellie Gray, the president of the March for Life Fund. President Bush did so yesterday:
...By changing laws we can change our culture. And your persistence and prayers, Nellie, and the folks there with you, are making a real difference. We, of course, seek common ground where possible; we're working to persuade more of our fellow Americans of the rightness of our cause. And this is a cause that appeals to the conscience of our citizens, and is rooted in America's deepest principles -- and history tells us that with such a cause, we will prevail.
Again, Nellie, thank you for letting me come to speak to you....
Similarly, Ronald Reagan chatted with her in 1988.
I want to point out that this is not just someone who thinks abortion should be illegal. This is someone who thinks we should someday respond to abortion with Nuremberg trials:
Nellie Gray, the president of March for Life, the group that organized the rally, said reversing Roe was this year's theme. Speaking to the crowd in fiery tones, Ms. Gray predicted that the United States would hold the equivalent of Nuremburg trials for "feminist abortionists," calling support for a woman's right to choose "crimes against humanity."
"Roe v. Wade has brutalized our country," she said. "The feminist abortionists, look at the evil they are doing. From that will come an accountability."
That's from The New York Times -- but lest you think the Times is misinterpreting what Ms. Gray believes, here's a quote from her own press release on the 2004 march:
Roe vs. Wade did unleash on our beloved country the feminists/abortionists' evil agenda of 'choice' to kill preborn humans, and did begin the slippery slope to decriminalize infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide, fetal research, and more evil. History records the Nazi experience of slippery slope from the so-called 1935 Nuremberg laws, through years of 'final solution' horrors, to reality of judgments at the Nuremberg Trials.
Every time we on the left attend an anti-war rally in which participants include International A.N.S.W.E.R. and United for Peace and Justice, we're told that we're endorsing the extremism of those groups on issues such as support for the Taliban and North Korea's Kim Jong-il. OK, so what about Nellie Gray? When he calls her up, is President Bush endorsing her extremism? Is he endorsing Nuremberg trials for abortion?