Friday, November 6, 2009
Life Chain Report (Jim Stair)
Pro-Life Tribe welcomes Guest Blogger Jim Stair reporting on his participation in a recent Life Chain event in Portland, Oregon. For more about Life Chain, go to http://www.lifechain.net.
Sunday was really interesting. I picked up one of the "Abortion Kills Children" signs from one of the organizers and found a spot down the side-walk to stand. The chain-link fence that was there a year ago when the PP ground breaking was going on was still up, so no one could stand there. Soon there were several others standing in the same vicinity I was. The proprietor of the store that happened to be behind us came out and asked us to move along, because she thought we were blocking her business. I told her that the event was only once a year and that we were only going to be there a couple of hours. Her reply was "a couple of hours is a couple of hours."
Anyway, I decided to move instead of fume, and found a better place to show my sign at a major intersection so traffic going four ways could see the sign rather than just two. That spot really evoked a lot of reactions. One "lady" (I'm being kind) dressed in a mini-skirt and mesh stockings came by, screeming at the top of her lungs as she walked, "It's my body and my life! It's my body and my life!" until she was clear down a side street. I had been taking some pictures with my cell phone camera, but she startled me so much I never got her picture except in the shadows in the distance. It's proably just as well.
Another woman with a pit bull was arguing vociferously with some pro-lifers across the street from me. I am glad the dog was less offended than she was.
My guess is that there were over a hundred people paricipating in the Life Chain, mostly Catholics from the neighborhood.