Operation Rescue/Save America was having a convention in Charlotte, NC this past week. During the week, their festivities consisted of protesting abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood offices, and at least one other anti-choice church because, you know, they aren’t against abortion enough.
The group snarled traffic and made people sick with their vile pictures of aborted fetuses. The set up shop outside of a Chick-Fil-A, dressed as cows, and marched around with pictures of aborted fetuses (To their credit, Chick-Fil-A denounced the group, which I don't believe for a minute). I have heard numerous stories of people going to eat lunch, only to be confronted with the disgusting pictures. One person was having a business lunch and was called a “fornicator”, for what reason I am not sure.
I wonder how effective these actions are. From what I gathered from talking to different people around the city, all this group did was infuriate passers-by with their ridiculous material and basically make themselves look like a group of morons, which they are. These people are operating on, you guessed it, a religious code that has no place in today’s society.
I hate that these groups are called “pro-life”. They are anything but “pro-life”. What they are in favor of is taking away a woman’s right to choose what goes on with her body. Groups like OSA are not interested in circumstances surrounding a pregnancy or health issue because of a pregnancy. This is a common thread that most conservative Christian people share. In their eyes, there is no gray area; there is no room for context or circumstances. If a 9 year old girl was raped by a relative and became pregnant, then she would be forced into carrying the child to term, if that was possible without the death of the mother of the fetus, if OSA had their way. What about the people who practice safe sex, but still get pregnant? I guess that they should have gone against all human nature and not had sex in the first place.
I cannot stomach the thought of these groups calling themselves “pro-life”. Anecdotally speaking, these people are generally in favor of the death penalty, the war, and giant military spending. There is a lot of crossover between these groups and other religiously fanatic groups like the Tea Party or militia groups. What have they contributed to society other than civil unrest? In the words of Jim (and I am paraphrasing): “How many of them have adopted or fostered children? None that I have seen.”
These groups exist for one purpose: to impose their belief structure on everyone else. They are no different than al-Qaeda. I would go as far as to call them part of the American Taliban. The pictures that these hypocrites hold up do not further their cause, they only annoy the people whom they are trying to appeal to. The spread lies about abortion and expect to go unchallenged. These groups should be called by the names that fit them best: Fascists. Hate-mongers. Anti-life. Anti-choice.
Abortion rights are a major achievement for women. If these rights were repealed, then women would be forced to find other means to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. These groups are trying their hardest to drag us, as a nation, back to the dark ages where women would drink poison or use an array of objects to perform an abortion that could end up seriously injuring or killing the mother in the process. I am sure that members of the OSA would have no problem with that. I guess the women would be getting what they deserved.