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O'Hara Factor
Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Abortion protest/counterprotest erupts on Euclid Ave.

Euclid Avenue played host last night to an abortion protest/counterprotest just outside my apartment. What I observed is that there's a good way to protest abortion and a bad way to protest abortion.

It's a serious issue, but is it really necessary to show gory images of abortion to children? It's not like there aren't any children in these cars going by, not to mention the apparent slowdown in traffic it generated.

The good way This is the good way. Ask for prayer and contend that abortion kills a human being. I saw the same flag and a different sign at the same location as early as 1300 that afternoon.


The bad way can be found at the hyperlink below. I know kids who read this website, so I'm not going to show them without asking first.
IF YOU ARE UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR CANNOT HANDLE GRAPHIC IMAGES, DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK. THIS GOES FOR YOU, BRO.


counterprotest And if you're with these people and don't want to click on the link, that's pretty sad. The sign on the right appears to say "Your body, your choice."


further investigation But upon further investigation, I'm not sure whether the second word is "body" or "baby". Either way, the logic is completely flawed.

But what followed was also bizarre. Immediately after I took the above picture, two protesters pulled out, after which the counter-protesters pulled out. The people from the "good picture" then dismantled their stuff. I didn't see the journalist taking pictures, either, so I suppose I might have scared them away or something.

What's also intriguing is that the sign (not visible behind the lady in the graphic photo) held by a child of about 12 years of age seems identical with the sign commonly displayed by the infamous "mall preacher", though I didn't notice the mall preacher himself. I'm in doubt over whether he or his organization would be affiliated with this, or if the picture is just publicly available.

Fellow abortion-haters, don't be forcefeeding the images on anybody. I agree that the images can be useful, though. Put them in envelopes and offer the option of looking at the image. It's called dignity.

In the meantime, I don't know whether to expect more of this.

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