The rally was in response to a mobilization by Helpers of God's Precious Infants who were assembling on their 10th anniversary of a daily presence outside the clinic. Some 150 people demonstrated against a woman's right to choose.
Students from New York University, Barnard College, and Columbia University led chants for the two hours that the right-wing demonstration lasted. "Your presence has made a difference," said Frank Monck, administrator of the clinic, as he thanked the rally participants. He noted that 10,000 abortions are performed yearly at the clinic. Distributing a bilingual brochure with the headline, "Every Woman's Right to Choose," activists from the Brooklyn Pro-Choice Network signed up people for clinic escort service.
Brooklyn, New York
On Feb. 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who headed the Islamic Republic of Iran, issued a fatwa "religious decree" which called for the execution of Salman Rushdie who wrote the book The Satanic Verses.
Many of those same people who criticized the Iranian government for its fatwa against Rushdie are now supporting Mayor Giuliani's act of attempted censorship of Chris Ofili's painting "Holy Virgin Mary."
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