TBD sex and gender columnist Amanda Hess has discovered an interesting trend at the annual March for Life events in Washington, DC, this weekend and today: anti-abortion capitalism.
It turns out that small businesspeople from around the country are marrying their entrepreneurial spirits with their pro-life beliefs in order to secure tidy profits. According to Hess, March for Life participants have been hawking everything from pro-life temporary tattoos to pro-life "fetus checks" to golden, $80 pro-life lapel pins. And for those with a larger budget, there's the $800 "Truth Booth":
For $800, investors can purchase their own Truth Booth, an “unmanned kiosk or cart set up at a local mall, school, or other secular arena showing 3D and 4D ultrasound images of the child in the womb" (plus shipping; 32" LCD TV not included). According to Truth Booth literature, the device provides a "factual, scientific, creative, gentle and informative" experience that is neither ‘pro-life’ nor ‘anti-abortion.’ It is simply pictures of the developing child, not a provocation for controversy."
Marchers say their pro-life paraphernalia is intended to spark dialogue. George Johnson, purveyor of the fetus checks, says he wears his pro-life necktie "to make people ask questions."