Friday, November 13, 2009

Letters from the Quarantine Zone

Why yes, I haven't blogged for a while. I am almost as bad at updating as Peter Ryan (oh, snap!).

So, I have swine flu....maybe? Regardless, I am sick. So I may as well blog. The protesters really stepped it up this past Tuesday - maybe because of Remembrance Day, or maybe just to be dicks, it's hard to say. Regardless, there were a lot of them and they were being more aggressive than usual.

There is a new protester (as of last week). He is a young guy (well, younger than the rest of them) and he is nicely dressed, with a black leather coat. He stood across the street last week, which is a little weird because the rest of the protesters walk around on our side of the street. This week new guy started across the street but eventually came over to our side of the street. He got the honour of holding the "in memoriam" sign with the cross made out of glued-on plastic flowers. It is one of my favourites. Point being, we definitely need a nickname for this dude! Lay those suggestions on me in the comments.

A couple good observations from volunteer escorts this week. The first, from KM:

"[One of the escorts] was showing [another escort] a variety of dances that he had never heard of, including "The Shopping Cart", "The Chicken", "The Shower", and other things. We were all laughing, and then a flock of [protesters] near by looked at her with sad eyes, and said "Now imagine if her mother had aborted her".

Well....I guess then the other escort would still not know those dance moves? I mean seriously, the whole "what if your mother had aborted you" argument might just be the worst one. Or I guess the least effective one. I don't even want to get into it, it is so full of fail.

The second thing was that AB overheard one of the protesters telling another that God had called on her to quit her job and be a stay-at-home mom, and she had never worked since then. I wish God would help me make life decisions. Although afterwards we were talking about it and a couple of the escorts agreed that they felt "called" to be clinic escorts. So is God playing us, or what?

Anyway, if you weren't at the Andrea Gibson show last night you should be kicking yourself, because she is amazing. Google her. And if you are in Halifax tonight, please go see her - it will change your life, I promise.

I know there's more I want to blog about but I am DYING OF SWINE FLU. Bring me soup.

26 comments:

placenta sandwich said...

Amazing post - and yes I can't believe antis haven't yet realized that "what if you were aborted" is the dumbest 'clever' thing they've ever thought of. Thinking about it though, I realized one time that the fact they haven't dropped it probably means they believe in people having souls pre-birth -- a bunch of little babies up in the sky with Jesus, crying whenever another sky-baby's intended bodily form is terminated. But then you have to wonder, why is abortion so bad if being with Jesus is supposed to be awesome?

Amy O said...

At work today, I engaged in a conversation with one of my colleagues (a mental health care professional) who explained how she had never met a person who had an abortion who was not extremely messed up psychologically (maybe that's because you work in mental health care and they are messed up anyway - it's not caused by the abortion) AND THEN she went on to tell us about how her college roommate had an abortion after a one night stand and is now an extremely bitter old lady. I was slightly annoyed, but this woman is baptist and has 2 adopted children and couldn't have children herself, so her opinion is a little biased.

Annie Duncan said...

If I lived anywhere near you I'd bring you soup, but Denver is pretty far from you :) Love the blog though. I remember walking into an abortion clinic myself 8 years ago, with my mom, and having the protesters ask me the same thing. We just looked at each other and laughed. Silly protesters, they just don't get it! And to Amy O, I can tell you 1st hand that not everybody who has an abortion ends up being messed up. I'm pretty sane most of the time, and any psychologically messed up things about me were there long before I had an abortion. Maybe because my mom didn't abort me ;)

Greg said...

God told me to stop believing in him and my life has been happier ever since. God was so *on* that day.

Could he just be "The Dude"? I can't see him so I can't tell if he is yuppee and douche-like enough to pull that off? (do women ever call men "douches"?).

Maybe a good response is, "If I had been aborted, you'd look pretty crazy talking to yourself." Then you make shooing motions, "Go away, crazy person, go away."

UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...

I think the stupidest thing the antis have ever created is a Facebook group called "I survived Roe v Wade but 47 million of my friends didn't." Come on. If you need to want aborted fetuses to have been born in order to have friends, you need to get out more.

AbortionBlogger said...

When I hear people say "what if your mom aborted you?" I like to ask "What if my mom didn't go to the party where she met my dad? Or had sex on a different day of her ovulation cycle? Or if the little sperm carrying half my DNA took a wrong turn at the fallopian tubes and some other kid was born instead?" There are infinite ways each of us could have ended up not existing, and most of the choices involved have nothing to do with abortion.

As for your new guy, the leather jacket makes me think of Grease. Does he look like this guy? http://www.dunbarcostumes.co.uk/acatalog/23863.jpg
If so, I vote Grease Lightening as his new nickname.

Anonymous said...

Seriously you are the ugliest woman I have ever seen in my life....SERIOUSLY. You have done the public a favor by covering up that face. Anyhoo just wanted to let you know that the reason you are so fierce in your cause is because the guilt is eating you up alive. You cannot STAND the fact that you have killed your own children.. I hope the grief and guilt follows you wherever you go. May the good Lord ravage you with worse than the swine flu! Good day freak!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

You really put the 'ass' in class. You should be ashamed of yourself. How does making vitriolic arguments and slinging libel do anything to advance the pro-life cause? You just make yourself and your ilk look like fools.

Incidentally, Pedgehog is one of smartest, bravest, most thoroughly wonderful people I have ever known. I don't have the words to convey how much better she is than you.

-E

Anonymous said...

Are you really that ignorant or do you wok tirelessly at it? Please define bravery and intelligence for me because if working for that huge-nosed cockroach and standing by as children have their limbs ripped off is bravery then clearly you need a new fuckin dictionary! Wow "ass in class"...did you pull that from your grade 6 arsenal? I believe I heard that in elementary school. The problem with you and your clan is you are GUILTY and can't stand when people like me remind you of your past transgressions. Ashamed is what you should be my friend! Toodles

HB said...

Wow, Anonymous, that's an original screen name. Kind of like that trolling movement that says ridiculously douchey things on blogs for no reason (other than to be douches, of course). I'd say a few things about hypocrisy et. al. if I believed you meant one word of what you wrote. Pedge you're the best - there's bound to be a few trolls under the bridge.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't give you the satisfaction of knowing ANY of my personal information. I'm not sure but the last time I checked douches weren't able to talk. Tell me, what exactly do they say and how often do you have conversations with your douche? Trust me sweetie I meant EVERY word I said or I wouldn't write it on some random shitty website. You pro-aborts LOVE referring to us as trolls...you really have to come up with a better name. What about fetus fetishist or zygote zealot? I know it's asking a lot but try to be more creative huh? If Pedge is the best then WTF is the worst? I shudder to think....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, untrue ad hominem attacks, thinkly-veiled anti-Semitism, and hatefulness aren't going to make anyone take you seriously. In fact, they're doing the opposite.
A.

Katriana said...

Seriously Anonymous? If you think you are doing anything for your cause by calling people names, then let me tellyou that you aren't. By leaving comments like "you're ugly", you just sound ignorant and foolish, and no one is going to take you seriously. On that note, why would you call any of us ugly? Have you seen the protestors on Tuesday morning? Unfortunately I have to look at them every Tuesday morning, and trust me, there's not a pretty face in the bunch. Also, I think it's hilarious that you tell us we should be ashamed, because the only thing you Anti-Choicer's seem to be good at is shaming people.

Anonymous said...

I'm just saying I wouldn't be posting a pic if I were that hideous....it was a shock to my system! Anyhoo why would anyone want to construct a site saying how "awesome" abortion is if they weren't UBER guilty. Think about it logically (I know it's hard for you).

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

I'm not convinced that you understand the concept of logical thought. There is no rational connection between being hosting a pro-choice website and feeling 'UBER' guilt. One does not mean the other just because you say so. There are plenty of reasons why one would operate a site like this that have nothing to do with guilt, say, for example, a strong commitment to reproductive choice.

-E

Katriana said...

The only thing Pedge is guilty of is being awesome. There is nothing guilty about abortion. You and the other anti choice freaks have tried again and again to instill guilt in the people who walk in and out of the clinic, but sorry, you lose.

Anonymous said...

Then perhaps you could tell me why you would proceed to name it "anti-choice is anti-awesome" as if the choice to dismember a baby is somehow an awesome experience....pretty fuckin sick! Translation: the name of this site if beyong ridiculous!

HB said...

c/o urbandictionary.com:
Troll: One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers. They will spark of such an argument via the use of ad hominem attacks with no substance or relevence to back them up as well as straw man arguments, which they use to simply avoid addressing the essence of the issue.

Oh and Grease Lightening is the obvious choice for leather dude's nickname. AbortionBlogger ftw!

Anonymous said...

troll


1.n.
an ugly person; a grouchy person. : Gee, that dame is a real troll.
Depends on which way you define it I guess (sounds like your headmaster).

Keri said...

I'm really sorry, I just need to weigh in here -

"May the good Lord ravage you" is pretty much the most amazing sentence fragment I've ever read.

Hilarity!

Magos said...

Sounds like someone doesn't understand current internet slang.

I thought this site was about how not awesome, not having a choice is.

Go be stupid somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Saying all this from the safety of your own anonymity, Anonymous. That spells coward, to me.... But not surprising.... *Sighs*....

Btw, I am not 'calling' you anything, I am just telling you my opinion, unlike what you have done. Hmmmm....

Anonymous said...

Really, read up on medical procedures before trolling, next time, so you can at least show a modicum of intelligence, then.

Guess what, surgery is grotesque. Should we ban it?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous are you really that mentally inept to be calling me a coward when you are under the "anonymous" heading too? Surely you couldn't be that stupid...hmmmmmmm. I'll give you my full fuckin address and name if that suits your fancy as I, unlike yourself, have nothing to hide.

Carla Clark said...

As will I. Nice assumption that I won't. I am not the one who has gone on record as defending myself from having to reveal my identitym after all. I was merely being lazy. Nothing wrong with that.

Here, you go.

Carla Clark
Alberta, Canada.

I expect I will be seeing your address now, shortly, too, considering...?

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