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Is Northern Virginia pro-life? Not really: Congressman Jim Moran, representing Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, is pro-choice; so is Congressman Gerry Connolly, who represents Woodbridge, Burke, and Fairfax.
On the other hand: Tomorrow, pro-life activists will stage a rally entitled "Northern Virginia IS pro-life." And capitalization can have quite an effect on people!
Rally organizers admit the "IS" part of "Northern Virginia IS pro-life" is not exactly true, really. "Northern Virginia is perceived by many as non-friendly to the cause of human rights and justice for preborn children," Rock for Life's Erik Whittington admits. The event's official press release describes Northern Virginia as "an area long assumed to be indifferent, if not hostile to the Sanctity of Life." And in a piece for the Daily Caller, rally supporter Peter Shinn calls NoVa "an area long thought a liberal bastion," a "region normally characterized as liberal and pro-abortion," and "the heart of the most liberal part of Virginia."
The rally hopes to challenge these perceptions, assumptions, thoughts characterizations, and realities by gathering NoVa's "emerging" pro-life contingent in the same place at the same time to "significantly raise the profile of the issue of the sanctity of life. (That place and time is 2 p.m. tomorrow at Fairfax's Government Center Ellipse). Slated to emerge: Worldnetdaily's Elizabeth Farah Rock for Life's Whittington, Pro-Life Unity's Shinn, and former American Idol contestant Maddy Curtis.