Photo courtesy of Gina Lisa. As you can see they are clearly closer than 10ft.

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.

Giving every Alabama woman a voice for choice.