We are now 17 days into the “40 Days” protest.
Since February 13th, patients at our Augusta health center have had to pass the gauntlet of protesters just to get their health care needs met.
The 40 Days website claims the protests are dedicated to “prayer and fasting… peaceful vigil… community outreach.” As someone who was raised in a church-going family, those words appeal to me. I have family members who continue to profess their Christian faith by attending church regularly and doing things like visiting nursing home patients and donating money to charity. They live good, solid lives of faith and truth and mercy. They have my utmost respect.
At no time has any one of my family members tried to harass another person into following their beliefs, wielding their religion like a weapon to hurt others.
“There aren’t ‘women who have abortions’ and ‘women who have babies’.
Those are the same women at different points in their lives.”
~ Rachel Atkins, PA, MPH
I love this quote. It’s such a great reminder of the vast distance between the truth about abortion in the U.S. and the lies spread by the anti-choice movement.
The anti’s describe women who have abortions as selfish monsters who care only about themselves and their own lives. How are we to reconcile this hatefulness with the fact that 61% of women who have abortions in the U.S. already have at least one child. That’s right – mothers sometimes make the decision to have an abortion. Continue reading
Imagine if you had to drive by people waving, shaking their rosaries and carrying signs every time you went to your health care provider.
Let’s say you had to pick up your prescription — or it was time for your annual physical — or you needed some testing done.
Can you imagine having to pass a huge sign that says, “Praying for your Safety” as you head into your health care provider’s office?
Can you imagine being judged just for getting health care?