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Abortion Rally Not Equally Represented

The coverage of the pro-choice march on Washington ["MIT Students March in Washington for Choice," April 7] was disappointing. Not 2,000, but 500 anti-abortion protesters showed up (Boston Globe, April 6), in comparison to the 500,000 or more pro-choice protesters. The equal photo coverage The Tech gave each group was misleading.

There was no evidence to support the article's suggestion that the pro-choice marchers posed any threat to the counter-protesters. At any gathering of this size, there will be an increased police presence, and it is just as possible that the police were protecting the pro-choicers from the abortion foes.

Where the article editorialized, I disagree. The most important thing about the march was not surrealism or political awareness. Its importance does not belong in between an exhibition baseball game and a Cherry Blossom Festival. The most important thing about the event -- half a million people from all over the country coming to protest -- was that it was a crucial manifestation of democracy. As James Madison noted, a "parchment barrier" will not protect fundamental rights. Only ordinary citizens, willing to demand freedom, can do that. The will of the people, who do not want the government to have the power to tell a woman when she may or may not have an abortion, was on display.

Gregory T. Marks '92