Monday, June 28, 2010
At the clinic where I escort, there is just the sweetest little anti you ever did see. Curly hair, freckles, a tender voice. She might be picking posies with a basket on her arm, save for the literature in her left hand and the rosary in her right. She greets all sidewalkers, anti and escort alike, with a honey hello, and bows her head in prayer.
She makes me crazy.
Harmless though she and all the other well-wishing antis may seem, I rarely if ever return their pleasantries. The nod of recognition is more than sufficient. It manages to say "Oh, there you are" and "Back the shit off" with a modicum of effort. Two birds, one stone.
I've been noticing some of the veteran escorts getting mighty friendly with the antis, in a slap-on-the-back, aren't-we-the-odd-couple kind of way. The only explanation I can find is that immersion therapy has rendered them indifferent, if not receptive, to the conversation that occurs on the sidelines. I'll admit that dull moments arise in that four-hour span, and it might be a larf to reminisce over the past 15 years of enmity ("Remember that time you published my picture in your Christian magazine as the 'Gatekeeper to Hell'? Classic!"). I, however, could never go down that road. I will never forget Strawberry Shortcake's true purpose.
One Autumn morning, she was manning her post on the sidewalk, having made the trip across town bright and early and eager to save lives. She approached the biggest man I'd ever seen to offer him a rosary and some "information" about how he can be a hero. Either he had woken up on the wrong side of the bed, or he was annoyed by her failure to realize that he wasn't having an abortion that day, but he was not amused.
"GO FUCK YOURSELF!"
Still, my initial shock was soon replaced by concealed giggles. Now, I would not have screamed that at that girl, mostly because I would never talk to her in the first place. But boy, am I glad he did. Isn't it what we're all feeling, but we just won't say? Isn't it something they need to hear now and then, if not every minute of every day? So I say to all antis, kind and mean-spirited alike:
Kindly fuck yourselves. You are just awful.
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I know I'm supposed to want everyone walking into and out of my clinic to simply pretend the antis don't exist. But in my secret heart I silently sing for joy when someone tells off these harassing creeps!
I've told off one of the anti's at my clinic. He is an older man, Peter, and it boils my blood to see him there. I was finishing my shift and he wished me a nice day and I retorted "drop dead". No, not terribly adult of me. But I don't regret it. I'm not one for being politically correct. I was done my shift and a regular member of the public displaying my fury over his privileged judgment. So to all the anti's who harass women: flat out go fuck yourselves, no kindness needed.ReplyDelete
I agree with Clinic Escort, and with you - I love it when one of the patients or their companion(s) tell the antis to fuck off, because I can't do it as a volunteer. I can just imagine the scene you've described.ReplyDelete
My personal favorite was the time when one of our Saturday morning, hate-filled antis yelled at a confident woman, "Don't let them tear your daughter's arms and legs off."ReplyDelete
The woman's reply was, quite simply, "It's a boy."
Or the time another of the Saturday morning street mongers, yelled at a really large man about murdering his child. His measured response was, "I just got out of jail for murder. You wanna be my next victim?"