Sidewalk Snippet ~ {10/14/13}~by KYCat

It had been a fairly quiet weekday morning. There was the usual quietly hissed insults to the various escorts that morning from the regular antis, but no episodes of loud screaming and chasing of clients; just the trailing, waving pamphlets and pleading.

I was standing on the corner about three minutes after eight; chatting with two of the other escorts; catching up on plans for the upcoming rally on November 2nd.

Further down the sidewalk I spotted a confident yet concerned woman heading towards us. She had two companions following her lead as she strode up to us.

“Can I ask you a question” she directed at me. “Sure,” I replied, hoping it was not going to be something that I did not know, like where the nearest good coffeehouse was or any of the other things I have been asked while standing around looking official in my orange vest.

She said, “I have been told that the ultrasound costs 300 dollars and that I could get a free one here.” pointing to the CPC on the corner. She held tightly to her purse and the tension in her voice and hands were obvious when she said, “I only have enough money for the procedure. I don’t have an extra 300 dollars.”

I quickly realized that she had spoken with someone at the CPC. Fearing that she did not have sufficient funds for the total procedure, she wanted to get further confirmation before turning the corner and drawing the attention of the antis still gathered at the door of the clinic.

“No,” I replied. “The ultrasound is included in the cost of the procedure at the clinic.” I added that even if she thought she could save some of the cost by getting a free one, the CPC was not a medical facility and it would not be accepted by EMW if she did decide to go through with the abortion.

It is a deceptive scare tactic, I explained. They know that you have had to make many arrangements to get here today; sometimes at great expense and time traveled for patients. They have been known to delay women so long that mistakenly go there first, they miss the check-in time for their scheduled appointment. This puts yet another burden on the clients once they realize they have been deceived as they have to reschedule and take yet more time and expense to obtain their abortion.

She looked at us and a huge smile broke out across her face and she let out a big sigh. “Then I dò have enough money.  I was worried that I would not be able to have this today. They lied.”

I asked if she would like us to walk with them. “Yes.” she replied and took the lead with a renewed  purpose in her stride, seemingly knowing that anything further spoken to her by the antis would just be more of the same.

It was a good way to end the morning. Walking with a client that made the decision that was best for her with plain old facts; no guilt, no shame, no personal questions. Just factual answers to her questions.

I am beginning to think some of these antis must be avid fishermen on the days they don’t come to the sidewalk to harass clients. They sure do tell some big fish tales.


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5 thoughts on “Sidewalk Snippet ~ {10/14/13}~by KYCat

  1. It’s pretty telling that they go through all this trouble standing around on sidewalks committing egregious sins against God when they don’t have to bother.

    If they stopped and considered (the way many other folks who want to reduce abortions have…in other words, pretty much everybody but them) the questions of
    What woman wants to use her hard earned money for something like this?” and “What woman wants to take time out of her Saturday morning to have surgery?” and started looking for solutions to those questions, they’d have what they profess to want very quickly.

    If the Anti’s worked half as hard at finding ways to PREVENT pregnancies for women, they could bliss out on all the self-righteousness highs they want at the idea that they are stealing money out of the “abortionists” pockets by utterly destroying their service base.

    But then, that assumes they actually care about the unborn and aren’t just using them as meat shields for being bullies. It’s rather like an elephant trying to hide behind a palm tree, really.

  2. I think it’s more likely on their “days off” that they all sit or stand around at some fast food joint or a gas station drinking coffee for hours at a time, and sooner or later they have to take turns telling stories about their time harassing clients. Of course they have to all outdo each other with the stories they tell.

  3. Liar liar pants on fire.
    I guess they have some lengthy explanation for why if isn’t a lie.
    Yuck! This is why the antis have no credibility.

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