NY Times Takes Real Mature Journalistic Look at Pro-Life Protests: ‘Eenie Weenies'

December 13th, 2020 2:17 PM

The New York Times celebrated the vulgar but the oh-so-young-and-hip social media mockery of pro-life protesters on the front of the Thursday Styles section in “Abortion Rights Activists Take a Youthful Turn,” by Jessica Grose, who is unbelievably the "parenting" columnist for the paper.

In a TikTok filmed in August outside of a women’s health center in Charlotte, N.C., the uncensored version of the mid-1990s novelty rap song “Short, Short Man,” by Gillette blares: “Eenie weenie teenie weenie shriveled little short, short man.”

The camera is focused on a middle-aged white man in sunglasses, who is holding a poster depicting what appears to be a fetus with the word “abortion” printed on it. The caption on the video reads, “don’t worry, the volume was turned all the way up so he could hear :-)”

That will show that "middle-aged white man"!

This is just one of a series of viral videos by Alex Cueto, 19, an abortion clinic defender with the organization Charlotte for Choice. She posts videos of her confrontations with abortion protesters on TikTok as @alexthefeminist, to a large audience. The “Short, Short Man” video, which was filmed outside of A Preferred Women’s Health Center, has over four million views.

More well known is the TikTok in which Ms. Cueto recites the lyrics of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s bawdy hit “WAP,” while an opponent of abortion reads the Bible outside the clinic.

“We treat these protesters like they’re a joke already,” Ms. Cueto said in an interview. “We don’t give them that sense of moral superiority.”

Ms. Cueto, who grew up in South Carolina and now lives in Charlotte, is one of many Gen Z campaigners for abortion rights who use social media to galvanize their peers….


According to an American Psychological Association Survey conducted in August, 64 percent of Gen Z adult women say that a possible change in abortion laws is a source of stress for them in 2020. The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative, on the Supreme Court soon after, also invigorated abortion rights proponents who fear that Roe v. Wade may be at risk.

The same paper that celebrated maskless, un-distanced protests by Black Lives Matter, which often degenerated into violence and looting, pivoted to criticizing pro-life protesters who broke zealous local Covid restrictions.

But while escorts still by and large take a nonconfrontational approach to dealing with anti-abortion protesters, so-called defenders, like Ms. Cueto, act more as counterprotesters.


And since the pandemic began, “we’ve seen an increase in harassment and attempted clinic invasions and people showing up to scream and protest and shout unmasked,” said Katherine Ragsdale, 62, the president and chief executive of the National Abortion Federation.


In March, four men who are part of the [pro-life group] Love Life organization were charged with violating a stay-at-home order in Greensboro, N.C. Ms. Hales, of the clinic, said it was not uncommon to see 90 anti-abortion advocates gathered outside the clinic on a typical day earlier this year when the state was much more locked down with coronavirus restrictions.

The Times also gave its pro-abortion slant away in Saturday’s lead International story from Buenos Aires by Daniel Politi, “In Push for Women’s Rights, Argentina Weighs Bill Legalizing Abortion.” Both the headline and story made a dishonest conflation of “women’s rights” with “abortion.”

Argentine lawmakers took a major step on Friday toward legalizing abortion and fulfilling a promise of President Alberto Fernández, who has made women’s rights a central tenet of his government….As the pandemic hit women especially hard, making them the majority among the newly unemployed, Argentina led the way as the country that has taken the greatest number of gender-sensitive measures to respond to the crisis, according to a database by the United Nations Development Program….Argentina’s increased focus on gender equality comes at a time when other countries in the region are also making sure women have a voice in government decisions.