Today, we had 35 escorts (a nice sea of orange!) who escorted clients past 17 Catholic pray-ers, 7 sign-holders from Kentucky Mountain Bible College, 14 Immanuel yellow-vesters (aka Chasers) and, because it is the day before Father’s Day, 115 red-shirted Sisters for Life (SFL) people. The SFL group arrived about 7:35 and included quite a number of children, from babies to teens. About 35 Catholics on Parade arrived around 7:45 and stood by the convention center, looking confused by all the activity.
It looked like this, approaching from 2nd Street:
There is no transcript for the video – it’s just a long walk up an empty sidewalk. To the left, across about 6 lanes, are the group of Catholics on Parade, and then you turn the corner into the crowd of folks, mostly in red shirts, by the door.
Here’s what it looks like coming from First Street:
Again, a long walk up the sidewalk, past some fetal porn, past a few chasers, who are uninterested in an escort doing video, but would be all over you if you were a client, then into the mess.
And here’s some video from when the SFL group first arrived.
In this video they are singing enthusiastically about shouting for God and the Victory.
I can absolutely not imagine walking through that mess to go to the doctor.
But it happens every year. They get a parade permit and here they come. This year, they called it a “Walk or Bike for Life” and charged a fee to enter. It is their 6th Annual.
In 2009, the first Father’s Day for the blog and the SFL, (and before my time on the sidewalk) we were not expecting them. 300 protesters showed that year, and the escorts were up to the challenge. Here are some pictures from that year. In 2010, Dan shared his thoughts about escorting, and we have more pictures. In 2011, we did our pledge-a-picketer event on the Saturday before Father’s Day, because the clinic had been closed Mother’s Day weekend. In 2012, we just have a video of them singing in front of the clinic. In 2013, we posted video, and I told a story about a little girl who’d gotten caught up in the mess.
And here we are. 2014. Same story, different year. Maybe we can work on a buffer zone? I’d like for 2015 to be different.