Every time there was a prayer they would scream obscenities and the most vile stuff about their religion. They began chanting – there is a party in my uterus and you are not invited. And then began accusing some of the male pro lifers that they were checking them (the pro choicers) out and wanting sex with them. At one point one of those fuckers was blowing a horn in my ear and I was getting really pissed off and wanted to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. But, I signed up to use no aggression and have to respect those rules.
I have to say I was shocked and appalled over their behaviour. They were so aggressive that I thought at one point they were going to start attacking us. I think what stopped them was the fact there was a large group of us. If I was someone who wasn’t sure of where I stood on the ground of abortion I certainly would not want to mix myself up with such an unruly lot of ruffians.
But, got to give it up for the 40 days for life crowd. Much respect for the way they conducted themselves in the face of such adversity. At the vigils I attended never seen any of the 40 dayers circle or approach women going into the clinic. They stand peacefully across the road from the clinic where there is a large space and pray. They have a table set up with leaflets and a few signs saying if someone wants help to come speak to them. But, they are non-confrontational.
Later, we went to another clinic where a 24 hour vigil is being held. Some students were speaking to one of the priests and again, it was an attack on the Catholic religion. I had to pipe in and when I said I was pro life and a practicing witch, the look on their face was a Kodak moment. Yet, they were not willing to debate with me as much as they were with the priest. At least one of them finally conceded that babies were losing their lives in abortion clinics. Maybe, one day, this conversation will stick in his mind.
All I can say is I liked the ethos of 40 days for life and I have gained even more respect for the way they behave after last night. I am joining more vigils and hope to be at one tomorrow. Everyone, I urge you to join this peaceful group who act with decorum and dignity. Alexandra