View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pro-life march draws a response

"Hey, Obama, take a stand.
Free abortion on demand."

A telling chant offered up by a small group of pro-choice protesters who gathered outside Planned Parenthood in Rochester February 28. (I have a strong suspicion for whom most of them voted - those who were old enough to vote, anyway.)

The mostly young - and largely male!? - group of about 30 were there to try to counter the more than 100 pro-life marchers who processed from Our Lady of Victory Church to Planned Parenthood through the cold (18-20 degrees) and the light snow of downtown Rochester in relative silence (well, as silent as you can get with a group that included children and people who actively greeted people on the streets). The march came after a Mass that packed the small church, and it ended with people praying the rosary and singing hymns.

There were anti-religion and anti-Catholic type chants and stereotyping in some of the slogans the pro-choicers kept repeating as they tried to drown out praying pro-lifers. I wonder if some of them recognized that they were trying to overcome prayers.

Indeed, one chant from the pro-choicers began, "Tell your church ... " suggesting that they do not view themselves as part of the church and that those involved with church are pro-life. Wonder what pro-abortion Catholics would say to that?

And then there was the ironic little ditty that went "Pro-life, that's a lie, you don't care if women die" yelled at a group that included women who'd had abortions and now regretted it, women and men who help the surviving victims of abortion - the mothers and fathers who had lost their unborn children - people who have taken in and supported pregnant women, people who have supported and volunteered at agencies that help women and children, and so many more.
One pro-lifer commented that this is the first time in recent years that the pro-choice crowd had attempted to respond to praying pro-lifers (many of who are veterans of last fall's 40 Days campaign and of a smaller march last October) here in Rochester. She suggested that we are beginning to worry them.

Worry? They have nothing to fear, unless they are afraid that they might being to see the horror of what they are supporting

As for us, some of our prayers were for them. And they were said with love - not chanted with anger and fear.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:50 PM  
Blogger gretchen said...

I think the oddest thing was hearing all those guys on the pro-abort side shouting, "Keep your rosaries away from my ovaries"! How many of those guys have ovaries, anyway???

2:07 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Anonymous, I said a prayer for you. God loves you.

Gretchen - Good catch. I didn't think of that!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Lee- your response to anonymous is spot on.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Jose said...


Great blog post! It really took me by surprise to see them there and the way they acted.

It was good to see so many new faces in our group.

By the way, I wonder if Anonymous was the one who saw your blog about the March and told others to come out to protest.
God Bless!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Thank you, Jose.

Maybe we should plan on another march when the weather is even better - maybe we could draw even more participants.

As for drawing counter protesters, maybe that's the only way to get the media to pay attention.

You looked good on R-News, by the way. Good comments.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add an RSS feed to your blog so that it can be more easily followed:

7:23 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Anonymous - Thanks for the suggestion, but ...

I looked at the page you cited. It mentions going to the dashboard and clicking on "layout" for this blog. That is not one of the choices listed for this blog. "Template" is listed for this blog where layout is mentioned with the other blogs, but when I go to that I dont' see Page elements as described in the post (unless I misunderstand what page elements are!).

Later, I got to "Copy the RSS link URL from the external blog." I don't know what blog they are talking about.

I'm not very computer literate.

Does anyone have instructions for idiots?

7:56 PM  
Blogger gretchen said...

I sent Anonymous (7:23pm) the link to the RSS feed of this blog. (He's my husband, a software engineer with too many computers using too many types of web browsers. I can't believe I out-geeked the Geek!)

For anyone else who might be interested in subscribing, the RSS link to this is blog:

I hope you don't mind me posting this!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Gretchen - thanks for doing that. Is there something I should be doing to make it more obvious?

5:35 AM  
Blogger GrandmaK said...

It would appear that you had a successful day! Cathy

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Joe E. said...

I suggest they change their name to amateur-choice if they don't even know what they're saying :)

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

The 'March for Life' last Saturday was terrific! Some of my friends saw it on R News or read about it in the D&C. Good coverage. Maybe some people are now taking about the abortion issue & getting it off the back burner & putting it on the front burner. Better to be talking about it than not. I feel that some people, on the pro choice side, got educated about abortion, last Saturday. Maybe someday we'll see them on our side. "God's grace is sufficient". Great job Jose for organizing the 'March for Life'! You're right Lee, we should do it again in the early spring. Keep the movement alive for it is growing in numbers. As for our friend Anonymous, just remember that your Mother was pro life, otherwise you wouldn't be here today. Be grateful for the gift of Life & respect it.

12:01 AM  

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