On Saturday, a Cincinnati organization called “Cincy Food Not Bombs” organized a rally in the shadow of Cincinnati’s City Hall. The group’s description of themselves is: “Food sovereignty and nonviolent resistance to the increasing threat of war on our streets and around the globe.” They’re more or less a ‘feed the hungry’ organization with socialist tendencies. The ‘feed the hungry’ part? Great! I’m on board! So why did they organize a pro-abortion rally?
Honestly, I’m asking why because I don’t know either. Noticing irony is not one of abortion activists’ strong suits. Whoever has researched the reality of what abortion is, and does not deem it violent, is not being honest. So already, the group’s mission of ‘nonviolent resistance’ has a plot hole. This is just one line of what was a wild event description:
In opposing the military industrial complex, we also oppose the inhumane system that props it up, whose interest in banning abortion has more to do with having a mass of bodies to fight in their wars and to be obedient workers than it does with preserving the sanctity of life.
Perhaps for any pro-life readers here: do you reject abortion because we seek a mega-army for the wars (that we try to avoid) and because we’d like a few extra bodies to man the checkout lanes at Walmart? OR is it because we believe all humans are valuable? So confusing sometimes.
A small but mighty group of young people went to protest this ‘Stop the Bans’ rally at City Hall (myself included). Just a few things to share about this experience:
- At the start of the rally, the leader shouted through a megaphone to the pro-choice attendees to not engage with us. Firstly, rude. Secondly, the lack of openness to dialogue is not very attractive for a ‘social justice’ movement. Thirdly, I’m 98% sure this warning was designed to keep the pro-choice activists from attacking us in some way and creating bad PR for the abortion movement. But that’s just conjecture.
- My husband was basically threatened. A very aggressive socialist, a tall man, was tailing us closely. When the man and my husband started conversing, my husband tried to build a bridge by asking the man’s name. To which the response was, “Bigger than you.”
- I talked to an older pro-choice woman for about 45 minutes. She wouldn’t directly respond to any of my arguments, repeating the same lines back time after time, but this conversation stuck with me in a different way. It was clear from the start that she hated me and saw me as inferior because I felt differently on this issue. She came up spitting mad and absolutely would not engage in pleasantries. But as the conversation progressed, we built common ground. We were both vegetarian, we had similar views on other issues, and she respected the work Students for Life does with Pregnant on Campus. By the end, she hugged me goodbye. People may not always remember (or be receptive) to your logic, but they will remember how you made them feel. I hope she goes into future dialogues remembering that her conversational partner is not just some “pro-life robot” but a real person.
- Molly, a brave cancer patient and member of the Pro-Life Generation, joined us on the sidewalk only to have her personal space invaded by this intruder who wasn’t afraid to ‘bare all.’
Cross the Bridge for Life 2019
But this wasn’t enough for one weekend, of course. The next day was just a bit more positive. Just across the river from Cincinnati is Newport, Kentucky where they host the annual Cross the Bridge for Life. This was my first time at the event; despite being a Cincinnati native, I had no idea how huge it was!
Prior to the start of the march, Students for Life leader Carson Rayhill addressed the crowd, bolstering everyone’s spirits about the momentum the pro-life movement has right now. He likened the pro-life movement to the ‘tortoise’ of the ‘tortoise and the hare’ story. While the hare has been running at full speed, legalizing infanticide and letting unsafe abortion facilities operate, the tortoise is making a beeline for that finish line. And he’s got about 60 million tiny voices cheering him on.
It’s a great time to be in this ministry, in Cincinnati and in cities across the country. There are plenty of “abortion grudge” states (pro-choice states who are angry about the actions of pro-life states, so they went extremely radical on abortion to ‘retaliate’), and pro-lifers in those areas definitely have their work cut out for them. But the general trend is really hopeful. We will see abortion, the greatest human rights injustice of our time, abolished. We’re ready for a post-Roe society.