overthe--love asked: Okay so I'm a catholic and I'm prolife. But about your post about the "antis",I am truly sorry for that. I've prayed outside of a clinic before with my youth group but we do it after hours when no one is there and I've done it on the days when the clinic is open but when we stand outside of the clinics we stand in silence and pray. We don't yell or scream or judge people or attack them. I just wanted to let you know that not all of the "antis" do that.
Look, I appreciate you taking the time to send me this message and what you were trying to say or do by doing so, and I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.
But I don’t really care if not all antis do what I encounter every weekend. Because enough of them do. And enough of them stay silent about it. And even if you are just standing outside the clinic praying - you do not need to be there.
You do not need to be anywhere around the clinic. You do not need to be at the clinic during operating hours ever. You do not need to be standing outside the clinic praying while people seek a medical procedure that has nothing to do with you. God is omnipresent, right? So he’ll probably hear your prayers from not an abortion clinic parking lot. And so your goals will still be met without having to unnerve people trying to access medical care if you don’t pray outside of an abortion clinic. God is great like that, right?
So if that’s the case, you have no business being there unless you hope in some way that your prayers or your presence will unnerve someone so much that they will not go into the clinic or will somehow be dissuaded from their decision - not for any reason that is actually relevant to their situation or that makes any changes to it, but simply because they were fearful, nervous, anxious, or simply wanted to have some freaking privacy (which all medical procedures and patients are entitled to).
So you know, it may not seem “that bad” to just go to an abortion clinic and pray or whatever, but I don’t care. You still don’t need to be there. It’s still pointless. It still doesn’t do anything to improve maternal health outcomes so that pregnant people who desperately want their pregnancies can carry them to term safely and deliver healthy babies. It still doesn’t do anything to end the poverty which leads pregnant people to seek abortions in the first place. It still doesn’t do anything to create universal childcare for pregnant people who can’t take care of multiple children.
The only thing it does do is continue to violate the privacy of my patients and make them uncomfortable as they walk into an already emotional (for many) and difficult situation.
So again, I appreciate you apologizing for the more awful members of your movement, I really do, just don’t really care if what you describe doing instead is not “that bad”. None of it should be happening, because people should be able to access clinics without having to walk through crowds of people who can possibly identify them, etc. etc. etc.