So at this week's clinic, the protesters did not show up until about an hour and a half into things. What are they playing at? I have learned through this YouTube clip that Pink Hat has to take her kid to school in the morning, so that's why she is late. But what excuse do the rest of them have? It has been beautiful outside, weather-wise. It makes me wonder if perhaps they are catching on to the fact that they are not saving any babies.
In terms of the above linked clip, I like Pink Hat's assertion that they are there because people don't know that there are options besides abortion. Which is kind of funny for the obvious reason that if you don't have an abortion, there is another pretty glaring option that happens; you don't even have to know about it (hint: birth). But really I found it interesting because she's basically saying that they are out there to promote their business (the Women's Care Centre next door), to let people know they have a counsellor (I think she even says certified counsellor*, and if she's talking about Crazy Legs, I would love to see that certificate, thanks). So how many other businesses can you think of that use PROTESTS to advertise? What kind of madness is this? Is having a sign and an ad in the phonebook the equivalent, to them, of parading in front of our clinic with graphic signs and Jesus on the cross?
A couple of the volunteers were telling me that last week, they saw an elderly couple leaving the hearing aid store across the lane. The woman urged her husband to stop the car next to them, and the escorts were a bit worried because sometimes they get yelled at by anti-choice members of the public. But the woman just wanted to tell them they were doing a great job, and give them a thumbs up. Yay for progressive old people!
I have linked a couple more blogs over the last couple weeks, in the "Pedgehog Reads" section of my sidebar. You should check them out. I will be contributing to one of them, Abortion Gang, in the next couple days. And I promise I will eventually be on I am Dr Tiller, as soon as I write it. Making myself write in progressively better weather is the hardest.
If you are in Fredericton, you should check out the 4th annual RAWA Benefit Variety Show (and silent auction!) this Saturday (March 20) at 7pm in the SUB Ballroom (UNB campus). Tickets are $10 or $7 for students, and are on sale at Westminster Books (on King Street) and at the SUB. There will be gumbooting!
*Edit: My bad, she says professional counsellor. And that could be anyone.