City Planned ‘Abortionist Appreciation Day,’ Then Public Awakens

A city in Virginia has scuttled its plans to mark a day for “appreciation” for abortionists.

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Columnist Nicole Russell at the Daily Signal has documented the change in the agenda for Alexandria, Virginia.

The mayor there, Justin Wilson, a Democrat, had proposed to city leaders marking Thursday, March 10, as “National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.”

But he confirmed in an email, “This proclamation has now been pulled from the agenda on Tuesday at my request.”

The column explained how it all started back in 1996 with abortion promoters choosing March 10 to promote the procedures that are designed to leave one of every two patients who arrive dead.

The date was picked “in memory of Dr. David Gunn, an abortion doctor who was slain on that day three years prior,” the column explained.

Social media joined the campaign in 2017 with the #CelebrateAbortionProviders slogan from the Abortion Care Network.

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“The Daily Wire reported that the mayor acknowledged that there is ‘controversy associated with the provision of abortion services,’ but insisted he was only trying to recognize health care workers for their efforts,” Russell explained.

“It’s disconcerting to see a city like Alexandria—located just outside Washington, D.C.—with its deep historical roots, publicly claim abortion is health care and view the celebration of abortion as a duty,” she wrote.

She explained, “Alexandria’s Catholic community spoke out against the proposed proclamation as well. The Basilica of St. Mary encouraged its parishioners to contact the city council in protest. Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of neighboring Arlington, Virginia, released a statement that condemned the proclamation, and he encouraged Alexandria residents ‘to express their opposition to this proclamation,’ and for everyone else in the diocese to ‘proclaim the Gospel of Life by word and example.'”

One church posted on its website a link that allows people to complain to the city council.

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