What does a pro life volunteer in San Antonio look like today? Well, if they're a volunteer with the San Antonio Coalition for Life they are peaceful, prayerful and law abiding.
This past Tuesday, as we kicked off the Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign, we got to see first hand the peaceful, prayerful presence of over 100 SACFL volunteers compared to the yelling and clanging of drums of about 15 Planned Parenthood counter protestors.
See for yourself by watching the video here: http://www.vimeo.com/20863230
Amongst the peaceful prayerful singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet you hear the clanging drums of PP counter protestors yelling "abortion on demand- with no apologies!" . While they walked through the crowd on the sidewalk yelling at prayer warriors "See, how does it feel to be yelled at? It's not nice is it?", I kept thinking They've obviously never been to a vigil when we were there.
Because that's not what we're about. We're not on the sidewalk to judge women and men who think that abortion is the answer they're so desperately looking for. We are there to warn them about the dangers of abortion that they have NOT been fully informed about, give them a true look at the life that exists in their womb and offer loving, life affirming alternatives. Our community is here with resources for women facing unplanned pregnancies. We are here to help with diapers, clothing, furniture- basically anything a woman needs in order to continue her pregnancy.
I'd like to leave you with this final thought: as I first arrived on the sidewalk I came across the counter protestors holding a large sign. Knowing very well the rules and laws regarding protest on the sidewalk, I saw that they were blocking the driveway. I leaned over and told one of the women "Just to let you know we're not allowed to block the driveway because it's against the law". She looked back at me and said "Oh, it's okay, we know them and they [Planned Parenthood] won't call the police on us".
Isn't that simple statement so truthful and telling of the what we see and encounter everyday in regards to Planned Parenthood? They have NO regard for the laws that exists in order to protect. Whether it be protecting a sex trafficking pimp, helping underage girls to get abortions without parental notification or providing medical abortions without the proper licensing, Planned Parenthood has shown time and time again that they have no problem with breaking the law....all to the achieve "abortion on demand- with no apologies".