MARCH FOR LIFE: UNMASKED?
March for Life: Unmasked is part of a larger project from Abortion Access Front (AAF) called “Hypocrites Unmasked.”
The anti-abortion movement is a hydra of dangerous, hypocritical factions, each with its own unique characteristics. So AAF created Hypocrites Unmasked to break them down, so folks can learn what sets each faction apart, the terrifying tactics they use, and the influence each group wields in their own communities and nationally, with politicians on the local, state, and federal level.
“March For Life: Unmasked” is dedicated to exposing the mission, tactics and influence of the anti-abortion Christian extremist organization March For Life. (M4L)
With each organization we “unmask” you will learn about their history, their mission, see videos of their harassment and see firsthand how their tactics affect patients, providers and access to reproductive care.
We track their every move throughout the year, and when they hold events, we organize calls to action to counter them with truth and humor, to raise awareness about the harm they cause, to help protect clinics from their harassment, and to hold the politicians who promote their dangerous beliefs accountable.
We also use these “unmaskings” to expose the intersections between these groups and white nationalists, anti-LGBTQ+ groups, and other extremist organizations.
TIME TO MEET THE BULLIES
HIDING BEHIND THE ROSARIES
ABOUT "MARCH FOR LIFE"
First of all, it ain’t just a march.
March For Life (M4L) is an anti-abortion, anti-feminist organization that works with anti-birth control, anti-abortion, and anti-LGBTQ+ groups, including conservative houses of worship, lobbyists, and politicians, to not only end access to abortion, but to also to destroy civil rights for LGBTQ+ folks.
March For Life started in 1974 as a protest in DC against Roe v. Wade. The group’s main event each January draws tens of thousands of anti-abortion extremists to Washington to march, lobby and mobilize. But over the years, M4L has become a national, multi-million dollar not-for-profit juggernaut that works year-round spreading dangerous disinformation about abortion, gender, and sexual health — on college campuses, at churches, and at all levels of government.
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March For Life doesn’t work alone. They have many partners who help fund them, and they commingle their bases together to enhance their collective power. Through their alliances, they have successfully worked to escalate harassment outside of reproductive health centers, pass legislation that ends protections for LGBTQ citizens, and have profoundly eroded access to legal abortion, especially for marginalized folks, including BIPOC who need affordable and accessible reproductive care, not only in America, but around the world.
WHAT DOES AN UNMASKING LOOK LIKE?
It can be so many things! For example, we once got intel that they were planning to ambush a clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, during a relentless nationwide assault they do called “40 Days For Life.”
And of course we LOVE disrupting their major events. For M4L, that means the annual DC march. We project messages on the exteriors of the venues where they hold their big fundraising galas, and face them down demanding to know where their “pro-life” asses are when it’s time to show up for ACTUAL crises involving people’s lives.
THE 2021 UNMASKING REQUIRED A VERY DIFFERENT STRATEGY
The January 6 attack on the Capitol was a wake-up call for what the DC March For Life could have become.
Part of our work at Abortion Access Front is tracking the movements of anti-abortion extremists to help clinics and activists gauge how dangerous the folks who harass them at their clinics really are. In this work, we’ve learned that the intersections between white nationalism and anti-abortion extremism are LEGION. In the aftermath of the Capitol attack, AAF identified dozens of Christian extremists, including former March For Life speakers and associates, and many from Operation Save America — another particularly dangerous anti-abortion sleeper cell we track — who either stormed the Capitol or cheered on the attacks across social media.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OF THE WORST OFFENDERS
Check out these videos to learn about participants, speakers and organizers of March for Life activities, some of whom also joined in the DC coup attempt, to get a better understanding of who’s active and influential in the scary and hypocritical “pro-life movement.” Want more?
You can access our ever growing database here.
We turned over all our videos and data to the FBI, alerted the media, and did a social media blitz showing the ties between anti-abortion extremists and the insurrectionists who staged an attack on the seat of our democracy.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PEOPLE YOU REPORTED?
Good news: AAF’s awareness raising campaign made an impact, and the BIGGEST WIN is that all that pressure led March For Life to cancel its on-the-ground DC event and settle for a virtual rally. It was a relief that 100,000 Trump-loving extremists weren’t allowed to storm DC three weeks after the first coup attempt. Since March For Life’s big rally went online, we brought the unmasking online.
Better news: Our virtual call to action drew hundreds who helped us counter protest. Together, we took over their Twitter hashtag in real time, as their rally was happening. We weren’t just trolling them, though, as fun as that was.
And together, we took over their hashtag, as their rally was happening.
We fact-checked each participating organization and speaker with science, we debunked their lies, and flooded their social media space with messages of truth for the entire 90-minute program
Historically, these kinds of inflammatory messages Christian extremists have gone unchecked. But that’s where so much of their most successful lobbying happens, as politicians friendly to their hateful, anti-science, anti-human agenda line up to prove their fake “pro-life” credentials. That’s part of why so many horrible fucking laws end up getting proposed and passing.
Again, we started the Hypocrites Unmasked project not only to inform the public about how dangerous these people are, but also so that when any one of these organizations has an event, a rally or a march, we can galvanize, organize and counter it with facts, science and righteous comedy.
WANT TO BE PART OF OUR NEXT UNMASKED ACTION?
Whether it’s March For Life, Operation Save America, or any of the other groups we decide are due for a good old UNMASKING, go to the Get Involved tab up top to find out how YOU can be part of our Truth Squad.
Join our mailing list to get updates on when our next action is and how you can help. We’ll see you up with tool kits and all the info you need to join us! Also, if you sign up, you’ll get updates about our amazing comedy shows, webinars and other dope events we do all year long!
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We need YOU to take action with us: Show the world that the majority of Americans support reproductive freedom. Show politicians that we demand protections for reproductive healthcare. And show the frontline workers who provide abortion care every day that we have their backs. Here’s how:
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ABOUT ABORTION ACCESS FRONT
AAF is a team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states.
We do the job that the media doesn’t, creating provocative and hilarious videos and social media content that educates people about the pervasive, discriminatory abortion laws that profoundly and disproportionately impact the poor and people of color. Another crucial part of AAF’s mission is to support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers. These clinics bear the brunt of anti-abortion legislation and harassment.
March for Life: Unmasked is part of a larger AAF project called Hypocrites: Unmasked, which educates the public about the tactics and influences of different organizations within the anti-abortion movement.