Has there always been this much intolerance and bigotry out there, or am I just more attuned to it after my run-in with the anti-abortion protesters?
The timing is uncanny, but HBO just released a new documentary called 12th & Delaware. It’s about an abortion clinic in Fort Pierce, Fla. (where MJ’s parents used to spend their winters) that sits directly across the street from a Crisis Pregnancy Center run by ardent anti-abortion folk. The documentary takes a very up close and personal look at both camps, focusing on several women who go into both establishments. It is eye-opening to say the least.
What I saw from the pro-life zealots made me physically ill.
And this goes beyond the reprehensible act of the usual protesting and shaming of vulnerable women. That shit is child’s play compared to some of the other stuff these wackos pull. First of all, this isn’t just standing out on the street corner yelling. Oh no no. It’s so bad the doctor who performs the abortions has to be driven in by the owner to the building’s garage with a sheet over his head to protect his identity. These people don’t just protest clinics, if they find out who the doctor is they picket outside the man/woman’s house. And, as we all know, anti-abortion protesters have a long history of bombing, shooting and killing doctors.
Frustrated by the lack of a face or name, one crazy guy gets a tip on where the clinic owner picks up the doctor. So he sets up a stakeout in a Wal-Mart parking lot for hours and waits. Finally he gets what he’s looking for and learns the doctor’s identity. His plan is to get a picture of the guy and blow it up on huge sign for all to see, with the guy’s name and personal information listed.
Nevermind the lunacy behind such a plan, but think of safety issues. He’s opening this guy up for random attacks, robberies and if the doctor has a family he puts those people at risk too. But hey, they don’t worry about the living. Only the unborn.
Then we learn the abortion clinic was there first, but less than 24 hours after the building across the street went on sale the pro-lifers snatched it up and opened their own “medical facility.” The only problem is, there aren’t any medical professionals giving advice. Just the loonies.
And because they opened right across the street, women often get confused and the women who opted for an abortion mistakenly enter the lion’s den. Once there, the woman in the documentary openly admits she sometimes employs a tactic of trap them in the room as long as possible. Women are shown graphic videos filled with blood on the operating floor. They are given false medical “facts” such as abortion greatly increases the risk for breast cancer. This, of course, is complete bullshit. If you don’t believe me, believe the National Cancer Institute and their in-depth medical research.
But the sickest thing they do is to tell women they aren’t as far along with their pregnancy as they really are.
One woman went to the anti-abortion clinic first, where they performed an ultrasound and told her she was 7 weeks and 2 days. But when she went to the abortion clinic, she learned the truth. She was more than 10 weeks pregnant. The reason they do this is to make the women believe they have more time than they do, in the hopes they’ll anguish over it and put it off until it’s medically too late.
I don’t care what your views are on this topic, giving people false medical information just to serve your political and religious purposes is one of the most despicable things in the world. Those people aren’t just awful human beings, they’re criminals in my opinion.
Then there was the woman who said she didn’t want her baby because her husband was abusive. They already had one kid and she accidentally got pregnant again. But because she was trapped and her husband was verbally abusive to her, she didn’t want to bring another child into that environment. So what do you think the woman at the pro-life center said to her?
She told the woman that for all she knows, having another baby would help improve the husband’s behavior.
At that point I wanted to reach through the screen and stomp this woman to death. Telling an abused woman her husband would suddenly stop torturing her if she just keeps the baby is horrendous. Not only is the advice patently untrue, it’s irresponsible and dangerous to lie like that. And it proves beyond the shadow of a doubt these people think of nothing — NOTHING — except the baby. They don’t care about the woman or her existing kid who is already suffering. They’re perfectly happy to keep them in harm’s way as long as the unborn baby is not aborted. Sick.
And the documentary ends with a half dozen protesters ganging up on a woman who decided to have an abortion on her way into the clinic. The woman pauses long enough for them to get their hooks in her. And like sharks smelling blood in the water, they start to circle.
They sense her hesitation and vulnerability. They spot their in. And then they make every promise under the sun.
They promise to pay her rent. They promise to clothe her existing children. They promise her free medical care. And eventually she falls for it. She crosses the street and succumbs to promises which will no doubt fade away as soon as it becomes impossible to have a medical abortion. And then she will be left with a child she didn’t want and couldn’t afford. And she’ll be wondering where all those nice people went who offered to pay her rent and feed her family. But they’ll be busy working on their next victim. Because they only care about the unborn. The living can be tricked and lied to as long as they get their way.
Abortion isn’t pleasant. I don’t consider it a victory if a woman terminates her pregnancy. This isn’t a contest. All I care about is that women and their significant others get correct and accurate medical information. I care that they are told the truth, with no fairy tales of benevolent do-gooders who will pay their rents and grocery bills for all eternity. I want them to have all the information and make the decision that’s best for them. And I want them to be able to do it in as much peace as possible under the circumstances.
If you’re against abortion, then don’t have one. But leave the rest of the population the fuck alone and stop forcing your warped morals and religious beliefs down the throats of the rest of us.