Just for the record, we have yet to convince Angela that the unborn are not breathing air in the womb. Now that we have recommitted to ignoring the protestors and their ignorant words and actions, we seem to be far more efficient and effective in attaining our true goals. We are there for the clients. We are there to provide safe entry to the medical clinic for whatever medical reasons they have for being there.
That is easy to think about, talk about, and understand. It is easy to ignore them when they insist they just want to ask us one little question, which invevitably leads to an endless debate, during which they listen to little and hear nothing.
However, it is not always easy to do. It seems to be increasingly difficult to not answer back, especially to the lies and threats of damnation. Sometimes, they seem to make up “facts” on the spot.
In older days as a Catholic child, my greatest sins were talking back to my parents or fighting with my little brother. The clarity I felt safe in was a coccoon of cyclical logic and black/white rules. Although I understand how easy that world is to live in, I cannot understand how an adult can grow and learn in this world without perceiving a more complex and inclusive worldview.
We clearly cannot change their minds or make them go home. Well, except for Dave. However, we can continue to open our minds and offer respect to each other and the clients we walk with.
Thank you for caring about a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, her own reproductive capabilites, her own life.