Women's march was not a pro-abortion rally

By John Heckman

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Jakki Taylor's letter in the Feb. 8 DCI, especially her well-crafted statement that she can't read the minds of the Women's March marchers but she can read their signs. I don't claim to read hearts or minds, either, so we probably have a lot in common. I have a lot of sympathy for her distress at health insurance policies that cover things she doesn't want or need, though covering birth control for others is an effective way to reduce abortion rates, and she seems concerned about that issue.

Ms. Taylor called the Jan. 21 marches a "thinly disguised anti-Trump, pro-abortion rally," but I'd like to gently point out where both parts of her statement are wrong.

Along with a couple thousand others, I was in Grand Junction for the regional March. Of the several hundred signs I saw there, not one sign was pro-abortion. No one advocated that others should go out and get an abortion. No one bemoaned the decades-long decline in U.S. abortion rates. The focus of the march was positive women's issues like health care, safety and economic fairness. My sign noted that our sisters and daughters deserve dignity and respect.

The march was not a pro-abortion rally. Incorrectly labeling it as one only discourages reasonable public discourse.

Anti-Trump sentiment at the march, on the other hand, was not at all thinly disguised. Anti-Trump signs were numerous and persuasive, probably because many see a Trump administration as dangerous for women and other human beings. I share that view. Nothing I have yet seen has convinced me that Trump is thoughtful, dignified, sensible, humane, or even competent.

I hope the office will improve the office-holder.

John Heckman