The Day Without A Woman strike leaders want women to take the day off from work (ridiculously resulting in the shuttering of several schools today), avoid shopping, and wear red. They also posited three questions to guide strikers’ thoughts:
- Do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities?
- Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression?
- Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the future of our children?
But given the Premier Partners of the Women’s March include, among others, abortion boosters Planned Parenthood and NARAL, the strikers would be better served using their day off for some serious introspection. A good place for them to start: Remembering the women the world is without today given the policies and priorities the organizers of A Day Without A Woman promotes. These include the following.
750 Million Aborted Females
We are also without the approximately 750 million females aborted worldwide since 1980. With approximately 1.5 billion abortions performed in the last 35 years, the world is missing a generation of women. Teachers, doctors, scientists, novelists, daughters, sisters, and friends—the world has been deprived of their presence, promise, and love.
Abortion is not an equal-opportunity killer, either. In many cases—including in the United States—unborn babies are targeted merely because they are female. Lila Rose exposed this shocking reality in Live Action’s undercover investigation of abortion clinics, capturing several Planned Parenthood employees on tape condoning this barbarity.
So much for a concern over businesses that “drain our communities,” “perpetuate oppression,” and “steal the futures of our children.” Let’s just hope employees of Planned Parenthood join their friends at NARAL and close up shop for the day.
Also missing today is wife, mother, and grandmother Karnamaya Mongar. She is one of the hundreds of victims of serial killer Kermit Gosnell. The 41-year-old Mongar survived nearly 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal after being driven from her home of Bhutan following pro-democracy protests. But Mongar only lasted four months as a refugee in the United States before she met her death at the hands of Gosnell’s staff at the Women’s Medical Society in Pennsylvania.
A grand jury indicted Gosnell on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and more than 20 counts of performing illegal abortions. It recounted the distressing details surrounding Mongar’s death.
Office workers had [Mongar] sign various forms that she could not read, and then began doping her up. She received repeated unmonitored, unrecorded intravenous injections of Demerol, a sedative seldom used in recent years because of its dangers. Gosnell liked it because it was cheap. After several hours, Mrs. Mongar simply stopped breathing. When employees finally noticed, Gosnell was called in and briefly attempted to give CPR. He couldn’t use the defibrillator (it was broken); nor did he administer emergency medications that might have restarted her heart. After further crucial delay, paramedics finally arrived, … [and] were able to generate a weak pulse. But, because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took them over twenty minutes just to find a way to get her out of the building…. Life support was removed the next day. Karnamaya Mongar was pronounced dead.
Mongar was also a victim of the pro-abortion lobby’s stranglehold on politicians, which left Gosnell’s abortion clinic unchecked. According to the grand jury report, government officials decided not to inspect abortion clinics—including Gosnell’s—because “there was a concern that if they did routine inspections, that they may find a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [the standards for getting patients out by stretcher or wheelchair in an emergency], and then there would be less abortion facilities, less access to women to have an abortion” (brackets original).
Notwithstanding this testimony, the grand jury attempted to extricate abortion proponents by explaining it had also heard testimony from “legitimate” abortion providers and abortion advocates and “not one indicated that annual inspections would be unduly burdensome.”
After the Gosnell case broke, Virginia announced its intent to require that doctors administer anesthesia used during abortions that abortion clinics maintain hallways and doorways wide enough for stretchers. Abortion supporters protested, claiming “the regulations could force the closure of most of the state’s clinics by requiring cost-prohibitive renovations that have nothing to do with protecting women’s health.” Women’s March partner NARAL complained: “They were intent on the ultimate goal of restricting safe, legal abortion access in Virginia.”
Yet Mongar died as a result of just such unsafe conditions: painkillers administered by a non-physician and the inability of emergency medical services to remove her from the building for more than 20 minutes because of cramped and impassible hallways. Given NARAL’s objection to such common-sense safeguards, it seems entirely fitting that red was the color choice for “A Day Without A Woman.”
The Ladies In White
While red seems simpatico for A Day Without A Woman strikers, the Ladies in White truly need the solidarity of their sisters in America. After all, they are the women who literally disappeared for the day—and not of their own volition—when President Obama cozied up to the Castro regime. Just hours before Obama arrived in Cuba on March 19, 2016, police arrested more than 50 women who were partaking in their weekly peaceful protest against the government’s political imprisonment of their husbands, fathers, or sons.
As one of the founding members of the Ladies in White explained before her arrest: “For us, it’s very important that we do this so President Obama knows that there are women here fighting for the liberty of political prisoners. And he needs to know that we are here being repressed simply for exercising our right to express ourselves and manifest in a non-violent way.”
Obama was not alone in his sojourn to our neighbor to the south. Politicians and business leaders joined the trip to Cuba, including many prominent female members of Congress like Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. While they were happy to cheer on “the courageous” organizers of A Day Without A Woman “strike” during the Women’s March in Washington D.C., when it came time to criticize the Cuban regime they stood down. So much for speaking out for the oppressed.
Today is also a day without Terri Schiavo. Schiavo died on March 31, 2005, after being deprived of food and water for 13 days. While the Left presented Schiavo as silently fighting for the “right to die,” Schiavo was not dying—other than in the sense we all are dying. While she had suffered a serious brain injury, she was not brain-dead or on life support. Schiavo died only because a Florida judge, on a petition from her husband, ordered the nursing home caring for her to stop providing her nutrition and hydration. As a result, Schiavo died of dehydration.
Prior to her death, the Florida legislature attempted to undo the state court judge’s death sentence, but the vote came up short. The local Planned Parenthood affiliate cheered that outcome in an email to supporters, telling them to express their appreciation to Florida Republican senators who split with the leadership and voted against the bill intended to save Schiavo.
Not a good look for an organization supporting A Day Without A Woman—an event purporting to oppose oppression and fight for human rights.
The Schoolgirls of Chibok
The women sitting out today also seem oblivious to real victims of oppression, such as the hundreds of school girls kidnapped in Nigeria in 2014 by Boko Haram—many of whom are still missing today.
While these victims became a fleeting cause celebre in America, that hashtag campaign has long since become blasé. Yet instead of using their voice and privilege to remind the world of the many horrors women face throughout the world—including female-genital mutilation, “honor” killings, and sex trafficking—the Women’s March instead hijacked International Women’s Day, taking away the focus from the much-needed worldwide efforts to combat oppression and violence against women.
Today, then, while our privileged sisters enjoy their pity party over the election of Donald Trump—which is really what the strike is about—the rest of us can pause and pray for the women the world is really without, and for those whose lives are worse off because of their absence.