by Debra Braun, Education and Counseling Director, Pro-Life Action Ministries
A law banning abortions after 20 weeks, requiring that abortion mills meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers, requiring that abortionists have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and regulating the use of the “abortion pill” was passed by the Texas Legislature in mid-July. Thousands of pro-lifers and abortion activists rallied at the State Capitol in Austin during the hearings and votes. While the pro-lifers prayed and sang, some abortion advocates carried vulgar, blasphemous signs, chanted “Hail Sa-tan,” and planned to throw tampons, feminine pads and worse at state legislators.
Before the Texas Senate took its final vote on the bill, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had learned of the abortion activists’ plans and decided to inspect all bags before individuals were allowed to enter the Senate gallery. According to a July 12 press release issued by DPS, “During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.”
These tactics reminded us of the actions of pro-abortion activists who disrupted sidewalk counseling efforts, prayer rallies and rescues in the late 80s to early 90s all over the country, including here in Minnesota. Vulgar behavior and chants (“Keep your Rosaries off my ova-ries”) were commonplace, especially at the Robbinsdale abortion center where dozens of abortion activists were regularly welcomed onto the property by the abortion employees. Anarchists and individuals from radical groups such as ACT-UP participated in these pro-abortion demonstrations, harassing peaceful pro-life sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters. Pro-abortion people associated with the Robbinsdale abortion center physically assaulted the pro-lifers on occasion and put syrup on the fence near the pro-lifers in order to attract bees, a tactic which could have been life-threatening to those allergic to bees.
Eventually these abortion advocates stopped going out to Robbinsdale, while very many of the sidewalk counselors and prayer supporters have remained faithful to their life-saving efforts there and at the other local abortion centers.