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January 27, 2017

Telling Signs: Women’s March vs. March for Life

Andrew Eicher/CNSNews.com caption: CNSNews.com photo slideshow of the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C.Zach Gibson/AFP caption: Pro-life supporters protest outside the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Anti-abortion activists are gathering for the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. 

Do you know how to tell the difference between a more populist protest and one driven by special interest groups?

Demonstrators protest during the Women's March on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. .Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women's rights protests to mark President Donald Trump's first full day in office. / AFP / Joshua LOTT Joshua Lott/AFP caption: Demonstrators protest during the Women's March on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women's rights protests to mark President Donald Trump's first full day in office.

It’s the number of homemade signs.

(The first two photos are from yesterday’s anti-abortion March for Life in Washington. The latter two are from last weekend’s Women’s March.)

And that’s not to mention almost 100,000 people who downloaded the pattern to make those pussy hats.

Sea of demonstrators wearing pussy caps at the Woman's March in Washington. January 2017. Twitter: @rmayersinger

(photo 1: Andrew Eicher/CNSNews.com caption: CNSNews.com photo slideshow of the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C. photo 2: Zach Gibson/AFP caption: Pro-life supporters protest outside the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Anti-abortion activists are gathering for the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. photo 3: Brendan Hoffman for POLITICO caption: Women’s March participants rally near the White House.  photo 4: Joshua Lott/AFP caption: Demonstrators protest during the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women’s rights protests to mark President Donald Trump’s first full day in office. photo 5: @rmayersinger via Twitter via pussyhatpwroject.com)

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