Pro-Choice and Anti-Choice on the Same
comes to Picket in Yakima, WA
In June 1996, Operation Rescue came
to Yakima, WA. All ten of them. They were on a national tour culminating at the
Republican Convention in San Diego. The good news is they came to picket in downtown
Yakima, NOT to blockade our clinic. Unfortunately, they brought 6 foot tall hugely
magnified fetus pictures.
We didn't want the fetus pictures to go unchallenged.
We made up slogans and hand-lettered our signs. On the day of the picket we were
delighted to find pro-choicers outnumbered the anti's by 3 to 1. But, we know
the abortion debate is not about numbers. It's about individual women's lives,
liberty, and integrity.
The contrast between the two groups on the sidewalk
was fascinating. The pro-choice crowd waved to their neighbors and friends, smiled,
and paraded in a wonderful spirit of camaraderie and joy at the opportunity to
say: "We think abortion is a personal matter. Government and others should
Operation Rescue, on the other hand, filled the air with
angry female-bashing attacks. "You just secretly want to be men. No we can't
trust women with a choice. Shame, shame on you women. Look what you've done to
your babies. Do your husbands know you are here?"
YOU TO EVERYONE who came out to support women's freedom of choice.
Though we enjoyed our pro-choice picket, we hope Operation Rescue doesn't come
the pro-lifers want to impose their views on others. Pro-Choicers want to let
each woman decide for herself.
Feminist Women's Health Center