What makes you uncomfortable

In Huntsville, AL the Pro Life protest was not comfortable today. You might remember from my post earlier that the Pro Lifers were harassing the parents at the school.  They were back today but they weren’t counting on one mother to fight back!  Not only were they not following their permit guidelines they were endangering children by once again blocking the line of sight of parents dropping off and picking up students with a huge cross.  One parent “GL” said enough is enough.

Quote from GL:

Permit says they have to be 10feet from the school curb- they told me to just come try to move the cross away- so I did.
They picked it up and ran away. — GL

Photo courtesy of Gina Lisa. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft.
Photo courtesy of GL. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft.
Photo courtesy of Gina Lisa. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft. The crossing guard did nothing to move them and protect the children.
Photo courtesy of GL. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft. The crossing guard did nothing to move them and protect the children.

 

Photo courtesy of Gina Lisa. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft. Instead the crossing guard took Gina's tag number and wrote her a citation.
Photo courtesy of GL. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft. Instead the crossing guard took Gina’s tag number and wrote her a citation.

They invited (dared me) to move it ten feet away from the curb- then they fought me to grab it back– GL

Thank you GL for taking a stand and making THEM uncomfortable! We need to make the Pro Life movement as uncomfortable as they make the Pro Choice movement. Maybe one day, they will learn that they don’t have the right to make anyone uncomfortable and they certainly don’t have the right to endanger anyone’s life.

We all have the right to be comfortable. We have the right to be comfortable and safe when we take our children to school and pick them up.  We have the right to be comfortable when we seek out medical attention.  We have the right to be comfortable when we discuss it. No one has the right to force us to be uncomfortable however it happens every single time a women walks into a clinic to receive medical treatment for any reason. Clinic escorts can only do so much to ease the pain inflicted upon the patients by the Pro Life protesters. As advocates we need to make our voices heard, we need buffer zones around clinics. We need to stand up to the clinic bullies. In the cities where the Pro Life Bullies are harassing patients and school children, we need to let them know that they don’t have the right to make anyone uncomfortable by shoving their beliefs on them. They don’t have the right to scream into the cars of children being dropped off to school. They don’t have the right to call women murderers as they seek out a legal medical procedure. As mothers, grandmothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, grandfathers, uncles and people who care, we need to make sure that future generations aren’t bullied and we need to keep fighting until the fight is completely won. We owe it to the people who fought before us to make sure we were comfortable.  I’m not suggesting that we use violence. I’m suggesting we annoy them and make them as uncomfortable as they make us.

How can we do that? We can block their view. We can make sure they don’t get the good permits. We can counter protest. We can make signs that make them uncomfortable. We’ve seen this work at clinics all over. If every Pro Choice person made a donation for a sign, think of how many signs we would have to make the Pro Lifers uncomfortable. And if there was an extra person to hold the sign that someone sent, think how uncomfortable the Pro Lifers would be.

$40 for Choice!

From September 23rd to November 1st, The National Right to Life (sic) is hosting 40 days of life. Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates are responding with a challenge — raise $1 a day for 40 days for REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM!!!

Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates (ARRA) offers financial assistance to any woman who finds money is the last obstacle between herself and abortion or birth control and parenting in healthy and safe environments. Since Governor Bentley has defunded Planned Parenthood in Alabama, we will be helping even more women get into private clinics.

And we need your help! 

Here’s how you can help: pledge 25¢, 50¢ or even $1/day for 40 days — that’s a $10, $20, or $40 pledge to ARRA to help a woman in need. It’s easy to do, look on the left for our donate button and click there.  Encourage your friends and loved ones to help as well.

ARRA Member Turns Intimidation Tactic Into Art to Raise $ for Alabama Women

The co-executive director for ARRA (Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates), Pamela Willis, is an accomplished artist – in fact, you may recognize her artwork from our “Trust Women”  logo that features the state of Alabama with the feminist fist icon.

A few months ago, the so-called “Pro Life Action League” sent every single abortion clinic in the USA a set of plastic handcuffs with an intimidating note on the anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.  Let’s just say that PLAL learned very quickly that you don’t make southern women mad, because we will turn the tables on you.

Initially, we raised over $1,000 for the little “handcuff stunt”.  So, PLAL is now indirectly funding abortion for women who need assistance through their dumb intimidation tactic(s).  Not to be outdone, Ms. Willis finally completed her art piece using the pair of handcuffs that were sent to the clinic in Huntsville, Alabama.  The title of this absolutely beautiful work of art is called “Don’t Tread on Me” and all proceeds from the sale of this painting will go directly to ARRA to help Alabama women.

If you would like to bid on this artwork, you can go to her Facebook page here and leave a comment or send her a private message, or email her here.  As of June 6, 2015, bidding is up to $525.  Bidding closes at midnight on July 4, 2015, so get to bidding and help ARRA continue to assist Alabama women in their time of need.

"Don't Tread on Me"

Giving every Alabama woman a voice for choice.