This past Saturday morning it was raining really hard early in the morning. I find myself hoping most of the antis will stay away because of the weather, but of course they never do. When I arrived at the clinic there were already a couple dozen of them standing with their umbrellas. Most of the regular antis were there and they were joined by groups of people. We ended up with about twice as many protesters as we normally see on Saturdays. The positive part of this is the rain stopped and the umbrellas came down before the first clients arrived.
This is the view from the clinic entrance.
Across the street, a group of about 10-15 Catholics gathered to pray. We assume they were Catholics because they were carrying rosaries and a priest in cassock was part of the group
There was a group from Kentucky Mountain Bible College who came out to display new fetal porn posters and sing. When they first arrived, they lined up on both sides of the sidewalk at the clinic property line to display their posters. Then they moved to the corner of First and Market in front of AWC (the CPC), to sing and pray. They were joined by a prayer leader and alternated between praying and singing. You can see the leader in this video. He is the one in the white jacket. There was a lot of traffic noise so you cannot hear the song, but this time they were singing a version of “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
One escort’s observation about the group’s activities was they could now say they had seen the definition of “preaching to the choir.”
Even though the Screaming Preacher was there, he left all of the preaching and yelling at the windows to A. A is a regular and is known for his attempts to connect with clients and companions in his approach of ‘I was just like you. I understand you. I care for you.’ This is A.
In this video, he is talking to clients and companions waiting by the entrance for the doors to open.
…valuable. Because you are infinitely valuable. That’s why we’re here because we, we don’t know you, but we care about you. We care about you. I would love to prove that to you. If, if you would just give me five minutes of your time, I would love to prove to you how much we care about you. Ma’am, you can stand up for life today.
In all of the times I have seen A preaching, I have never seen a client or companion give him those five minutes. Sometimes they will engage with him to correct biblical statements, but not walk away to just talk to him.
A increased his volume after the clients entered the clinic, but his message is always the same. Escorts have heard him so many times, we can recite the story he shares on the sidewalk. ‘I wasted my life until I was 23. Then I read the Bible. My friends said they would find out about Jesus later. One died in a car wreck. He didn’t have time to find out. You never know what is going to happen. You need to find out about Jesus today.’
One of the interesting things about A recently is how he speaks about his wife’s pregnancy. When he first started saying, “My baby is 19 weeks old,” we thought he was talking about a born baby. No, he was talking about his wife’s pregnancy. This morning he let us know his baby was 26 weeks old, adding that the baby recently became legally safe from abortion doctors. An escort observed, “I wonder if he thinks that abortion doctors do drive-by abortions and will randomly attempt an abortion if his wife gets too close to a clinic?”
My question is if he cares for the clients and companions so much, why does he speak words meant to shame and harass them for their decision? I know that is a rhetorical question and won’t be answered, but it doesn’t matter if you scream your words or softly speak them. You are still there to interfere with a legal, medical decision by any way you can.
Hi! I hope I’m not asking a stupid question, but here goes . . .
“Because you are infinitely valuable. That’s why we’re here because we, we don’t know you, but we care about you. We care about you. I would love to prove that to you. If, if you would just give me five minutes of your time, I would love to prove to you how much we care about you. ”
I am a bit puzzled as to how these statements above by can be considering “shaming and harassing”. At first glance, it sounds pretty innocuous.
There are really no stupid questions. If you ask a question because you genuinely want to know the answer, it is always a good question. The statement you quoted is pretty innocuous as a stand alone statement, but it is never just standing alone. The rest of the article includes more of the speech we always hear from A. His words are meant to shame, scare and harass clients into changing their minds about having an abortion. His volume increases as they get closer to the doors until he is yelling at the windows of the clinic after they have gone in. There is no caring about the personal stories of the clients in his words, just the desire to convert them to his way of thinking. Whatever it takes and whatever he feels he has to say to accomplish this is used. In my opinion, and most of the escorts, anyone who comes out on the sidewalk to protest someone exercising their right to health care is there for only one reason: to shame and harass clients. They believe theirs is the only opinion that counts in a private decision they have no part in making. The stated aim of many anti-abortion protesters is to make such a presence that clients will be afraid to go to a clinic. That’s why many anti-abortion groups will mount large campaigns against particular clinics in hope the clients will see the massed people between them and the clinic and turn away. That isn’t caring; it is intimidation. When the anti-abortion protesters leave the sidewalk, there will be no need for escorts. I hope this answers your question.
This guy is obviously a uneducated moron. Please…
He does have an education, but he seems to have just picked the points out he wants to believe and discarded the rest.
They don’t care about women and born babies. If they did, they would spend more money on helping mothers/fathers/couples raising wanted children. Instead, they spend money on pricey ultrasound machines to be used non-diagnostic purposes and paying employees to stand on the sidewalk and protest. I also noticed while brousing their website that they only offer “referrals” for medical, legal and government assistance. As if anybody can’t walk into a government agency to apply for assistance on their own. I also think most people don’t seek prenatal care due to financial concerns rather than needing a CPC to tell them where to go to the doctor. How can they claim to tell women whether they have a viable pregnancy when the person performing the ultrasound is a volunteer who may not even have a medical background?
So many good points you raise in your comment. Referrals are pretty useless if you cannot pay for the visits and/or services. Plus, there are good reasons why clinics do not accept ultrasounds performed by CPCs.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful points. I am constantly confounded that the antis approach clients from an assumption that the decision was not reached with careful consideration of ALL a woman’s choices.
Thanks for reading!
‘I wasted my life until I was 23. Then I read the Bible. My friends said they would find out about Jesus later. One died in a car wreck. He didn’t have time to find out. You never know what is going to happen. You need to find out about Jesus today.’
One thing I wish the Jesus Groupies would get through their thick skull is that it’s impossible to live in America and NOT find out about Jesus. I was born overseas and I grew up in an Atheist/Agnostic family. Buddha on a biscuit, what a culture shock it was coming here: Jesus was effing EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t go to school, work, read a magazine, or even go Trick or Treating on Halloween without Jesus Groupies thrusting fliers and pamphlets at me, church notices, and telling me all about Jesus, what the Bible says, what their church believes, and blah, blah, blah, Bible quotes, yakkity smackity.
For any of you pro-liars reading this: Change your tactics. We KNOW already about your god, your religion, your book, and how to accept Jesus as your lord and savior. 73% of America identifies as Christian. You can’t throw a stone without clocking a Christian in the head in this country (yes, I’m aware throwing stones is your favorite sport).
If you’re going to be a god-awful nuisance for Jesus, can you at LEAST come from an angle that we know what the bloody hell you’re talking about? Thanks.
I have often wondered how anyone in the US could NOT know about the belief in Jesus. You have said what I have often thought.
A tell-tale sign of what they really care about:
On those rainy mornings, they never offer their umbrellas to the clients and companions. That would counter their purpose of making the walk to the clinic as difficult as humanly possible.
And A’s idea of consent s something like, “she didn’t repeatedly scream NO and resort to physical confrontation, so I’m just gonna keep goin’…”. At least that is how he acts on the sidewalk. He doesn’t stop until someone gets in his grill and threatens a beat down.
Do these people bring picnic baskets? It’s clearly entertainment for some of them. Maybe they have nothing better to do.
No picnic baskets, but coffee and sometimes donuts. I agree, it seems like it is entertainment for some of them. For others, it is just the only place they can be bullies that is socially accepted in their worlds.