“Hey,” he says. He holds out his smart phone, as if he thinks I’m going to look at it. “Is this your mother?” The question seems so out-of-place, it doesn’t quite register. Of course, I don’t answer. “It sounds like she was a good woman,” he says. ”This is her obit, right?”
And he begins to read to me from my mother’s obituary.
Ron shared it with some other protesters while he was at it, handing them his phone to read, nodding in my direction to point me out. I think they’ve just learned that you can google someone and find out a lot about them, and are really excited about this new skill. Quick to share their opinions too. According to them, my mother is ashamed of me. She’s looking down from heaven, she can see me, and she’s afraid for me. She doesn’t want me to do this. She’s upset that we’ll be separated for eternity, cause I’ll be going to the other place. My mother wants me to know that there’s still time for me to change, to turn away from this evil.That is the account of a clinic escort at the Louisville, KY abortion clinic, which is apparently host to some of the worst, most intense anti-choice protesters in existence.
Like, for example, the kind of amoral assbag who would read someone’s mother’s obituary to them to try to harass them into going away.
I thought I’d basically heard it all when it came to anti-choice shenanigans - lies, medical misinformation, picture-taking of clients as they arrive, if they can get a name calling the patient’s family or even workplace to try to get someone to come shame/guilt them into not going through with their abortion, and my favorite (and by favorite I mean the worst thing I’ve heard of them doing) where they got the info of a 16-year-old girl who’d had an abortion, and a year later sent her a “baby’s first birthday” greeting card splattered with red paint to look like blood. But seeking out information about someone’s lost loved ones and publicly using that to harass and attack them? That’s a new low, even for anti-choicers.
And, of course, it stands on their usual rhetoric about how apparently all mothers are pro-life, as evidenced by the fact that they chose to have kids, regardless of how laughably inaccurate that idea is when you consider that some 60% of abortion patients already have children, and are often choosing to terminate their pregnancy in order to be able to better care for the kids they’ve already got. They know nothing about this person’s mother. They don’t even know if she believed in god, was Christian, believed in heaven or hell. They’re literally just using the dead as a sockpuppet to try to give their own beliefs added emotional impact by putting their words in her mouth.
That is sick, that is twisted, that is wrong as fuck, and I want as many people to hear about this as possible, because it is a perfect example of how their “compassion” and “caring for life” is nothing but a front to mask some vicious bigotry and serious control issues.