As mentioned in my last blog post, I got a call from the Georgia Straight about the press release I sent them. Unfortunately, they cut out any mention of Motion 312 or the “You deserve to be raped” tactic outside an abortion clinic on Commercial and Broadway, but you can read their article about 40 Days For Life here.
I’m going to keep this brief, but a mere opinion is not enough to form a political ideology. Prayer is a sloth’s protest. I can pray until I’m blue in the face, but nothing is going to change if that’s all I do. And one is not simply praying to end a practice they personally disagree with, when what they are doing is picketing a hospital where abortions are offered, with a 24-hour prayer vigil where they air their opinions with the use of signs, banners, and other forms of speech (which I’m sure includes pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, and lengthy debates about personhood and the sanctity of life). That’s what’s typically called harassment.
I mean, why not just pray for 40 days from the privacy of your own home instead of right in front of the hospital? The answer is because you’re protesting the abortion clinic. In the Georgia Straight article, the organizer of the Vancouver chapter of 40 Days is quoted, saying that it’s neither a protest nor a debate (but first she calls it a demonstration and gives her polemic argument, just for the sake of confusion):
Vigil organizer Catherine Ching said the demonstration is targeting the hospital because it is “one of the biggest providers for abortions in B.C.”
Ching said she is opposed to abortion, which is legal in Canada, because it involves “the innocent killing of human beings”.
(That sure sounds like a protest and a debate to me, Catherine.)
Ching, a Surrey resident, said the Vancouver campaign is not about sparking debate about abortion rights.
“That’s not our goal for 40 Days For Life…. 40 Days For Life is strictly recognizing that people of faith are going to gather together to pray for an end to abortion,” she said.
“What that would consist of and the exact legalities and the details behind how that would actually happen? I would have to say I don’t know.”
“I think it’s going to be an extremely long process. I don’t think it’s something that’s going to be done overnight.”
Sounds to me like someone would be happy to see Motion 312 pass, and would be happy to entertain a debate about personhood and the sanctity of life (and how women are child-murderers for supporting the rights of other women, to choose what happens in their own bodies). And what exactly is this “it” and “legalities” and “details” she is talking about, if all she intends on doing is praying? Troll you soon, Catherine & Co.