I once wondered why anti-choice protesters would bring their anti-abortion protests — especially those that include graphic, bloody images — around young children. After all, they say they want to protect children from harm.
Finally, we have one explanation. It’s to try to intimidate parents by making their children miserable.
According to the Washington Post, anti-choice protesters who have been trying to shut down the Germantown reproductive health clinic that Dr. Leroy Carhart provides later term abortions at have been having so little success that they have changed tactics. Now, a group is protesting outside of a local middle school where the daughter of the clinic’s landlord attends sixth grade.
The protesters have arrived with giant photos that are allegedly of aborted fetuses, as well as pictures of the landlord with “Please STOP the Child Killing” and the landlord’s full name, address and phone number written on it. That is, of course, the same last name and contact information of the little girl who attends the school, too.
Defend Life spokesman Jack Ames claims the protest is completely reasonable, as the clinic did not provide a public enough venue for their protests to be noted, and accused the landlord of trying to hide “under this cloak of anonymity.”
But it’s not the landlord hiding. It’s a young girl trying to attend school without being accosted and humiliated by anti-abortion “activists.”
Anti-choice activists have become more and more blatant in their attempts to intimidate providers and supporters by following them to their homes, handing out leaflets to neighbors, protesting in front of their homes, and now even trying to harass the supporters’ own children. For a group of activists who claim to care so much about “innocent babies,” they seem to have no issue emotionally scarring children in an attempt to win their battles.
Where does this stop? At what point do they finally go too far when it comes to violating someone’s privacy? And how can they condone using children as collateral damage in their battle?
An effort is being organized to personally “thank” each anti-abortion protester who has stood in front of the school, called the man’s home, or sent him a letter or email to his personal addresses. Would that sort of counter-protest make them understand that these are real people whose homes and private lives they are invading, all in the name of stopping legal, safe abortion?
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