Today was a weird morning. There were a lot of protesters, and fewer escorts than the ratio that I’m used to seeing. There were also a lot of clients. There were a few scuffles, but nothing major. All in all, though, something just felt a little different – maybe it’s the change in the weather. Technology was not good to us today – two cameras were not working, so I tried to get some decent footage.
One very awesome thing that happened today was that a client got out of her car and said “Do you guys have a blog?” And I said, “Yes!” She and her partner went on to tell me that the blog had been really helpful to them. What a great thing to hear! That made my day.
Here is a clip of a protester as we were walking in:
And no, lady, you are not excused. If there are so many people desperate to raise this person’s baby, then why are there so many children in need of a home, in need of foster care, in need of adoptive parents? Give me a break.
Officer Harper had a long chat with Mary. She did not look very happy.
He later talked with some escorts (myself included). At one point I was filming Angela and she got upset (probably because she didn’t have her bible to block her face). She said, and I quote “I’m sick of this. Every day, 50 million cameras in my face.” My question is, where is she going after clinic to be on 49,999,999 cameras? News flash Angela: there are NOT 50 million people in the world who give enough of a shit about you to get you on camera. Sorry to break it to you, darlin.
But Officer Harper pulled me aside and essentially he told me to “Be smart,” and to avoid egging the protesters on. He also pointed out to me that Angela’s husband was there and basically told me he didn’t want me or anyone else to get hurt.
He was not a fan of this sign:
… but I LOVE it! It’s true, a lot of the protesters lie their butts off. About cancer statistics, about knowing what people’s lives are like, about lots of things.
After my conversation with Officer Harper I did think a lot about the whole video taping people issue. I certainly wouldn’t be happy if someone stuck a camera in my face, but then again, I also stand behind what I do enough for that to wind up on someone’s camera or the internet. If there’s footage of me escorting out there, that’s ok – I’m proud to do this. And if these people don’t want to have pictures taken of them, they can very easily choose to take it easy or not show up.
I do think it is important to de-escalate situations, but part of my reasoning for filming Angela is to get her to hold up her bible and drown out some of her nonsense. And if she’s less audible from inside, then I consider that to be a very good thing. Also, I’m simply standing at the entrance to the clinic, filming what’s going on. She is free to move away from the property line and I WILL NOT chase her with my camera. It’s as simple as that.
One final note:
Please lord, let the $5 footlong be a permanent fixture at Subway. And lord jesus we pray to you, please let the Subway open earlier from now on. Amen.