I started to write about marathon season ~ to describe how the runners, jogging down the clinic street, become a new audience for our protesters.
It’s interesting to watch the runners’ reactions. This Saturday, three protesters stationed themselves on the corner of 2nd and Market with signs ~ I don’t remember exactly which ones. “Abortion is Murder,” “Don’t Kill Me,” with a picture of a sleeping infant, and some other one.
I was on the corner too, so it made an interesting foursome for the groups of people to pass through. I kept trying to make sure they could see my vest so they wouldn’t think I was part of the anti-crowd.
When the runners had to stop at the red light, one of the preaching chasers would tell them about salvation and ask about their personal relationship with Jesus.
The response from the runners and their families was mixed. A few expressed positive reactions to the signs and the preacher. A few expressed gratitude to me for the work we do. One women was annoyed with the protesters ~ she was with a group of kids, maybe 9 or 10 year olds ~ and complained about having to explain what the signs meant to the kids. But most of them just tried to ignore the whole thing.
So I was going to talk about that, but I didn’t have pictures, and I’m sure there will be other opportunities before marathon season is over.
Then I thought I’d share the pictures I do have ~ thanks J ~ of this week’s people standing in front of the drop off zone.
Then I remembered this article from RH Reality Check, entitled “Beyond Choice: How We Learned to Stop Labeling and Love Reproductive Justice”. It talks about the effort to change the label of what we do from “pro-choice” to something broader, more inclusive, more descriptive of what we’re really about.
“Reproductive Justice” fits ~ and as the article says:
To be clear, reproductive justice is not a label—it’s a mission. It describes our collective vision: a world where all people have the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about gender, bodies, sexuality, reproduction, and families for themselves and their communities. And it provides an inclusive, intersectional framework for bringing that dream into being. Reproductive justice is visionary, it’s complex, it doesn’t fit neatly on a bumper sticker, and it has a lot to teach us about how to be successful in a changed and changing world.
I thought that was important to share this morning. As I head out the door ~ actually to the clinic, filling in for another weekday escort ~ that’s a vision to take with me.