First of all, thank you so, so much, those of you who voted for me in the Canadian F-Word Blog Awards!! I won my category (Reproductive Liberty), so hoorah, and better yet I have discovered a lot of awesome feminist blogs in the process. Everybody wins! Go here to see the other winners (and runners up), and read the awesome message from none other than Heather Mallick, the love of my intellectual life.
On Saturday we had another stare-off with the kids from Bound 4 Life, who came to "siege" (their word) the clinic with...prayer. We were all pretty scared. Wink. Strangely enough I didn't get nearly as large a turnout of counter protesters as I did last time, even though it was much more planned out this time (ie a Facebook event was made), but I think this was mainly due to the hippie-friendly film festival ("Boost Your Eco") going on at the same time.
Regardless, we stood outside with our signs and faced them. This time their leader, KT, was not wearing the life tape - she was wearing tape across her stomach that said "spokesperson". However, when we tried to ask her questions, she told us that she was there to answer the questions of random passers by, and was not interested in debating with us. Boo.
I believe they are going to be doing this monthly. So we will do it monthly, too. I don't want their protests to go unanswered, and here's why: on their Facebook event this time, they put a little disclaimer about how they are not "against women's rights or people who are pro-choice", but that they are instead "for life". I don't know what their motivation would be for writing this, but they are wrong. They are against abortion, and the right to choose abortion is a woman's right - thus, against a woman's right. I believe that you can pray all you want to end abortion, you can pray and pray and pray, but as soon as you step outside and slap tape over your mouth and start "sieging" an abortion clinic, THEN you are making a political statement. And I sure as hell won't leave you alone just because you're "praying silently". Bullshit. You could pray silently at home. You want to be seen, for whatever reason, and if that's the case, I want to be seen opposing you. You make a political statement, I'll make one right back. The right of a woman to choose abortion is not one that we are just going to sit back and let you pray away.
That said, feast your eyes on the lovely picture below. I hope you all had a good weekend.
Congrats again (I'll comment on the appropriate post this time)!
Prayer sieges. Huh. You start sieging, and you're an activist. It's as simple as that. If these folks were actually "for life" (whatever the eff that's supposed to mean), are they rallying a prayer siege against the war in Afghanistan tomorrow, or the US-sponsored occupation of Somalia on Wednesday, or against the Catholic Church's deadly anti-condom stance towards the AIDS epidemic in Africa, or, or, or, or?
And they most certainly do not care for the lives of women.
Only the Holy Zygote.
The silver lining here is that these folks continue to prove, over and over again, that they are completely delusional.
Congratulations on your win! And thanks for all that you do in the fight to keep abortion legal and safe.
You should get some siege engines. Now THAT could be fun.
Way to take the gold PH! You're an inspiration.
"I believe that you can pray all you want to end abortion, you can pray and pray and pray, but as soon as you step outside and slap tape over your mouth and start "sieging" an abortion clinic, THEN you are making a political statement. And I sure as hell won't leave you alone just because you're "praying silently". Bullshit. You could pray silently at home."
I also like what you said about praying silently.
Congratulations, pedgehog, on the F-Word Award.
I'm grateful to the awards because I found this blog through them.
Congrats on your victory, Pedge!
(Also, why are Christianists so obsessed with bondage...?)
I just found this blog now (Can't believe it took this long!), and as a pro-choice Fredericton resident with a lot of free time early in the day, have decided to show up for every counter-protest I can. If nothing else, you can have another person on your side.
Congrats on the award, by the way. :)
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