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Photos: Operation Rescue and Pro-Choice Activists Outside of Moscone Center Today
Photos and report from protest and show of support outside of ACOG conference
I received a call from one of the people from the RCP and Refuse and Resist who were out at the Moscone Center this afternoon. I went out to take some photos. R+R's sources had said that OR had been out there since 6am. That explains why, when I got there, I saw that most of the Operation Rescue people were sitting on the curb! As I walked around the area, I saw several families with young kids and signs snacking and shopping.
Joey Johnson struck up a conversation with the guy who was holding the "Execute All Murdering Abortionists" sign. It turns out that this guy is against violence and capital punishment! I asked the guy what the bible verse that is cited on the sign is. He said that he didn't know! I asked him why he would hold a sign if he didn't even know what it was about. His answer was not very satisfactory. Apparently he was from somewhere in the sierras. Can you imagine driving 4 or 5 hours to hold up a sign that you didn't understand or even believe in?!
R+R's sources said that the conference starts at 9am on Monday, and that Monday will be the main day for which Operation Rescue is moblizing its forces. They could arrive as early as 6, or, obviously, as late as 9am. I think that it would be a good idea for pro-choice people to come out as much as possible in the next few days to support the Obstetricians and Gynecologists who are performing important services to women- in addition to helping women to make and carry out decisions about their bodies and reproduction, they are also the people who give regular checkups and support women from the pregnancy test to the delivery room! If people come out on Monday morning, they can counter OR's message and show that San Francisco does, as the sign in the photo suggests, welcome ACOG!
More about OR and ACOG: http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/05/1736301.php
Ok, this I don't get. Do you think that Bin Laden is really supportive of a woman's right to choose?
The weird thing is that Operation Rescue, in terms of the tactics that it uses and endorses, is more like Bin Laden than Planned Parenthood is. Have anti-choice people ever bombed clinics? Yes. Has Planned Parenthood or another pro-choice group or abortion provider ever bombed churches or Operation Rescue as it was conducting its business? Doubt it!
Proverbs 24:11, 12
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay each person
according to what he has done?
~ New International Version ~
Operation Rescue says that it does not condone violence (http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/wwworn/legal/dayton-apologetic.htm), but the sign indicates a desire to commit violence against abortion providers.
Here is the text of those verses: "And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man." - from http://bible.gospelcom.net/passage/?search=Genesis%209:5,6;&version=31; Things get confusing here- one could think about "eye for an eye"- http://www.november.org/razorwire/rzold/04/0407.html, or Jesus's teaching to turn the other cheek..."The Lord's statement to "turn the other cheek" was given to preclude personal vengeance, NOT self-defense of one's own person or family against direct attacks, violence, or murder."- from the bottom of http://www.biblebell.org/mbag/mailbagax.html after some analysis
Ok, I just don't get why the guys decided to come out and protest about their issue to a group of OBGYNs. What do they have to do with circumcision? Wouldn't some sort of pediatrician perform circumcisions?
What does circumcision have to do with saving women's lives by allowing them access to abortion?
And...why couldn't they at least say something like "men against circumcision support women's access to safe and legal abortions?"