Thousands of people, including youth, protested against safe and legal abortion in Washington, D.C., last week for the annual “March for Life.” The gatherings have generally attracted right-wing politicians and other media personalities seeking to politicize the issue of abortion and use religious scripture to justify forced births.
But this year, Catholics for Choice also showed up to the march to engage in counterprotest actions via provocative posters displayed all along the march route. The colorful posters featured questions such as “Is the March for Life Pro-Life or Pro-Birth?” and “Not sure how to feel about abortion? You’re not alone.”
Although many of the posters were vandalized, Jamie L. Manson, president of Catholics for Choice, explained the importance of shifting religious narratives around abortion in an interview with YES! Senior Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES! Presents: Rising Up With Sonali.
Sonali Kolhatkar joined YES! in summer 2021, building on a long and decorated career in broadcast and print journalism. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and host and creator of YES! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. She is also Senior Correspondent with the Independent Media Institute’s Economy for All project where she writes a weekly column. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (2023) and Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2005). Her forthcoming book is called Talking About Abolition (Seven Stories Press, 2025). Sonali is co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women’s Mission which she helped to co-found in 2000. She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Sonali reflects on “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host” in her 2014 TEDx talk of the same name.