Monday, 12 July 2010

Weird Or What...?

I agree with Patrick Archbold, over at Creative Minority Report, that this is one of the weirdest things you'll read - I mean, it's right up there with Paul the Psychic Octopus...

There is this abortion clinic in Rockford, Illinois. Pro-lifers have been standing outside, offering options and counselling to the women who enter the clinic. After ridicule and harassment of the pro-lifers didn't stop them, the clinic decided to prevent any of the women from hearing what the pro-lifers were saying.

But they weren't content with having people escort the women past the protesters. So they set up huge boom box radios, and started blaring out a local radio station at full volume to put the kybosh on any rational discussion.

That seems pretty weird to me - but it gets weirder.

One of the pro-lifers rang the radio station and explained what was happening. The DJ took the side of the pro-lifers, and started chanting "God bless pro-lifers!"

This upset the people at the abortion clinic.

So, what do you suppose they did? Turn off the radio...? (no, the women would hear those pesky pro-lifers saying reasonable stuff that might persuade them not to kill their babies!) Change the station...? (no, it might happen again, and that would be another pro-life radio station out there!)

Well, what the landlord of the clinic did was to stand outside, and whenever he thought the DJ might just say something pro-life, he started up his chainsaw.

Yes, you read that correctly. A chainsaw.

Nothing like confronting your customers with the truth of what you're doing, I suppose, but I doubt that it makes for good PR...


Anonymous said...

Um... ok, this isn't a joke??

And what about laws against creating a public disturbance?? Blasting radios... roaring chain saws... shoot, this carnival seems to have it all!

Where there any dancing elephants?

Clare@ BattlementsOfRubies said...

I read that story on CMR too. Incredible.
Your accompanying picture here is perfect, very apt.
What a ghastly way to make a living.

Seraphic said...

Ugh. Seriously weird. Fortunately, pro-lifers plus blaring radio plus chainsaw should be enough to make anyone think twice about approaching the clinic.

Mary O'Regan said...

Sick bag required - there was some abnormal reactins from the abortuary staff when we had our vigil outside Marie Stopes on the day of the abortion ad. There's an account on the Maria Stops Abortion blog.

PS - A few weeks ago I was blessing myself with holy water on the pavement outside Bedford Square abortuary and was told off ("you can't do that!") by one of the clinic lackeys.

joannaB73 said...

They are mad as a box of frogs - lol

Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

And this is the Midwest, USA:<P|||
What an horrid shame upon the rest of us who love life and are outraged at the killing of the unborn, as well as the demonic antics at this particular abortion site.
They used to be housed in the Medical Arts building adjacent to a major hospital in Rockford (my father, a GP had his practice in this building) until they get "evicted" because of the protests that took place outside, disrupting things.
Now they are in a former school (irony?) and their founder, deceased, left them a legacy of hatred, bigotry against the Church and just plain nastiness.
This is the place where priests are regularly screamed at and insulted, not to mention the faithful who gather to pray and attempt to save lives.
Yes, this is the Midwest. But not particularly a place you want to visit unless you want to pray, do penance, and witness to the sanctity of life, unborn and the women who come to kill their children.
Thanks for posting this, Mac!

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