HUMANISTS FIRE BACK IN ‘WAR ON WOMEN’

Pat Barr, a self-described “anti-demonstration demonstrator,” tells fellow humanists about her experiences as pro-choice picketer. (Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

In a presentation heavy on how labels are deployed in political battles, Irma Lester wondered aloud whether the term “war” correctly describes what she sees as a recent stripping of reproductive and economic rights from women.

Despite the harsh connotation of a battlefield, she said it “does catch the sense of danger that we’re in today.”

Lester, a professor emeritus of women’s studies at Brookdale Community College women’s, appeared before the Red Bank Humanists on Sunday at the Red Bank Charter School as the special guest speaker for its June forum: “The War on Women: Myth or Reality?”

Whatever terminology backers of women’s rights use to describe themselves and their causes, their conservative opponents are “going to demonize” them, Lester said. “Stick with ‘feminist.’ Stick with ‘abortion.'”

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HUNDREDS MARCH IN ABORTION PROTEST

protestAn anti-abortion march sponsored by the Diocese of Trenton starting at St. Anthony of Padua in Red Bank ended in a peaceful protest outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury Saturday. Hundreds participated, and despite concerns expressed by Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich that it could attract violence, the event was peaceful. Red Bank police reported no problems. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

ZIPPRICH SPOTLIGHTS ABORTION PROTEST

planned-parenthoodThe Planned Parenthood clinic on Newman Springs Road is the purported terminus of a protest walk planned for March 12. Below, Councilman Ed Zipprich. (Click to enlarge)

zipprich-021411The Red Bank council’s rubber-stamping of some two dozen requests for public events was interrupted Monday night when Councilman Ed Zipprich raised security issues in connection with a planned anti-abortion march scheduled for next month.

Invoking the recent shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and a push by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith to have the federal government redefine rape in an effort to limit access to abortions, Zipprich expressed concern that the march might attract someone bent on violence.

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