On April 6th, the International Socialist Organization chapter in charge of ruining Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky organized a rally outside the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood. Yes, we were just as surprised as you are that they successfully planned, organized, and followed through on an event. We showed up to counter their counter-protest.
They rallied to “Defend [Their] Clinic: a national day of action to defend abortion.” To “show that religious bigots cannot take over [their] spaces.” The dangerous religious bigots in question? People peacefully praying/witnessing in conjunction with a 40 Days for Life vigil. The nerve.
So, what does abortion have to do with the espousing of a terrible economic policy that has never worked? Well… we don’t really know. Not sure they do either.
SFLA Regional Coordinator Lily Hutkowski went with a handful of pro-life student leaders to show them who the Pro-Life Generation is. Lily noted:
The Movement for Abortion Defense and a few other socialist groups came to protest 40 Days for Life on Saturday. They were screaming chants like, “Abortion free and on demand”, “You don’t care if women die”, and “1, 2, 3, 4 abortion bans are class war, 5, 6, 7, 8 workers will retaliate.”
Students for Life groups around Cincy were invited by Cincinnati Right to Life to join 40 Days for Life specifically because this group was coming. While 40 Days for Life participants prayed, sang, and tried to engage in dialogue, this group screamed with megaphones. The Students for Life groups also chalked the sidewalk with beautiful messages of love.
Some 40 Days for Life participants, starting with Students for Life leaders at Xavier University and Miami University, were the first to cross the street to hold up their Pro-Life Gen signs up right next to these socialists.
Students for Life leaders led the charge by chalking and being the first to approach the abortion advocates.
The socialists gave it their all despite being pretty significantly outnumbered by people who respect science and know abortion deserves abolition. Despite their refusal to have productive conversations with the 40 Days for Life attendees, we hope their hearts softened with the compassionate chalking messages and peaceful witness by pro-life advocates.