Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some old posts from 2 years ago.

2 years ago while I worked at a local Catholic high school I went to Rock For Life's training and activism weekend. Being in DC for a few days surrounding the March for Life offered some interesting things for me for to do and see. I originally posted these on my myspace blog and decided to post part of them here. In particular I want to post my reactions to the Silent No More talks I heard, to this day these talks have stayed with me and I try to use them when speaking about abortion and how it hurts woman. This weekend rekindled the fire inside me for defending the babies. I know I've been slacking, but I have said more Hail Marys and Rosaries in this past year than I ever have. It still disturbs and disheartens me that some Catholic schools don't get it, they don't get that you need to teach what the Church teaches and that you need teachers who actually believe and uphold and live out what the Church teaches. I won't get into that topic as that just opens a wound I'm not ready to re-open yet.

Anyway, my thoughts from two years ago with my comments from today as well. Let me preface the following with this: a major part of the weekend was the activism aspect of the weekend, most of it was done before the March but a fair bit of it was done after the March too. We were asked to be a sort of "security force" at the Silent No More Vigil and then we moved over to our protest of a PP fundraiser. Which was after the NOW ladies left the Silent No More Vigil, yet the Vigil still continued and it was still going when we returned.

Eventually the time came for our group to venture over to a bar a few streets away for the protest of the Planned Parenthood fundraiser that was there. We walked the few blocks over while carrying our signs and laughing and getting to know each other. Along the way randomly resting up against a tree was a bamboo pole, Phill, just picked it up and kept walking. When we got to the bar we realized that the fundraiser was on the second floor so we quickly amid many a laugh stuck one of our Justice for All, Face it Abortion Kills signs on the stick and Phill held it up for the PP (lol, their abbreviation just makes me laugh) people to see. There were about 15 of us and just about as many cops, the cops just laughed because we did everything we were supposed to, we kept the door way clear and left a path for people to pass by on the sidewalk.

I was holding a total of 4 signs, I had my Justice for all one, down by my feet, along with the KofC Defend Life one resting against me, as Phil pawned that sign off on me. I ended up with the other 2 as the Irish ladies went in to drink aka infiltrate so I had their signs as well. I was decked out in pro-life-ness. During one of the talks at the workshops ALL and RFL had set up, someone mentioned how different the 2 sides were, how the pro-lifers usually had smiles in their faces and were laughing, and how the pro-abortion/pro-choice side usually was gruff and seemed angry.

I noticed how true that was at the Silent No More Vigil. The NOW women just seemed angry. I guess I would be too if someone was exposing the lies my organization was spouting. The majority of the ladies who gave their testimony spoke of how they were a part of NOW and fell for it's lies about how "safe" abortion is and how it wouldn't affect them. This women, years later, some 30 years after their abortion still remember the pain it caused, and the torment it caused them. I remember 2 testimonies in particular one was of a couple, a husband and wife, and one was an older African American lady. The husband and wife struck me as, as they said, they were the "first to give their testimony together". The wife spoke of how she was 18 when she got pregnant and her mom basically told her, that can't happen, you need an abortion. The husband spoke of how he just sat there and didn't say anything since he was 17 when it happened. Despite what happened they remained a couple and got married, they have helped each other through many of the things that have affected them such as depression as a result of the abortion.

The other lady, the African American threw me for a loop when she said "my uncle Martin Luther King Jr." At that point I think I actually did the whole WHAT! head shake and turn. She spoke of how "Daddy King" Martin Luther King Sr. when she mentioned aborting a baby said "no one in this family kills their child" or something like that. The child she had inside her at the time is now 31 years, and seeing her tell her story and relive it in my mind still brings tears to my eyes. I honestly can not put into words what these men and women spoke about. Fr. Pavone asked us to be moved by their testimonies and I'd say it is safe to say that anyone in attendance was moved by their testimonies.

I remember listening to one lady give her testimony and at the end when everyone starts clapping, these 2 kids next to me start jumping up and down screaming "great job mom, we love you mom" I can't even type the story with out crying. I happened to read the Rock for Life blog that comes to me via e-mail and I had almost forgotten about this testimony. There was a young lady who spoke of her experience, of how she could feel her baby move up until that last moment when it just stopped. She spoke of how the abortion was almost an assembly line how they moved from one room to the next, to one bed to the next. She was stuck with a needle in her stomach and whatever was in the needle poisoned the fluid the baby was in. She spoke how she felt her child move like never before and then it just stopped. Once this needle was stuck in and taken out she was left on a bed to rest and to let whatever was to happen happen. She then told of how she woke up the next morning and was sent to a room with what looked like a toilet and told to sit over it and push. "I pushed my dead baby into a toilet." was what she told us amid tears. She then told us how the nurse or whatever title this lady had said "oh, look at how skinny you are now."

Those words are what Planned Parenthood and NOW don't want you to hear, they want you to believe the lies that abortion is safe and that it doesn't harm the woman. That is why Silent No More was started to combat those lies, to expose the truth. That is why I will stand outside an abortion mill and pray for everyone inside it. That is why I will not sit idly by while my generation is killed. 47,000,000 have been taken from our generation... what are you going to do?

Something needs to be done and it needs to start in the trenches aka the churches. The Catholic Church needs to step it up, well not the Church, the Church, Herself is unwavering on this topic, Her princes, the Cardinals need to step it up, the Bishops need to step it up, they need to say something, they need to actually acknowledge that people like John Kerry and Nancy aka "Madam Speaker" have excommunicated themselves by saying YES to any form of abortion. It's not that hard, and we all know our Church is a forgiving Church and will take you back in a heartbeat, so even if you make a mistake you are always welcome. Just stop calling yourself Catholic and pro-abortion, there is no such thing. A Catholic is pro-life otherwise they are not Catholic.

Since that posting you can make the total babies killed via abortion to 50 million and you can see that I still don't like "Madam Speaker Pelosi" and other "catholic" politicians. I have uploaded pictures as well, I was hoping to find the one of myself with my four signs but I can't find it, so I will post one of the two story protest, the NOW bitches, I can't call them anything else other than bitches. I will never forget one of those "ladies" pushing herself up against me (all the time I was thinking get your nasty pro-abortion self away from me) telling me to move politely by saying "excuse me" as she pushed herself up against me. You'll see that the pro-life movement pushed its way in as well. We were nice and quiet and polite, they were not, they were there shouting their stupid cheers and being all nasty. The other picture is one of myself and part of my pro-life gear with the Capitol Building behind me. The other is of me during the actual March.

1 comment:

Mark said...

I was interested in what you said about the pro-life people being happy and smiling and the pro-abortion people being angry and confrontational (a point which is nicely illustrated by the attached photos).

I think that says a lot about the two different philosophies of life. (Though in the case of the pro-abortion people one can hardly call it a "philosophy of life".)