Friday, May 13, 2011

Former Morgentaler Clinic Security Guard Clinic Speaks Out

I don't really feel like flushing out his comments about the behaviour of people on both sides of the abortion debate (the gist of which I agree with).

However, I just thought it was interesting to hear from someone who's been a security guard at an abortion clinic. You hear from all kinds of people in the abortion debate: the activists, the women who've had abortions, the dads, the relatives, the clinic staff, medical professionals, clergy, etc etc

But I don't think I've heard much from the security guards.

I remember some time ago when I went to a 40 Days vigil, I was praying with a Pentacostalist woman. A genuine, hardcore Pentacostalist who prayed with her hands in the air My kind of gal :) (Usually in Ottawa you get mostly Catholic pro-lifers). And the thing I like about the "Bible-only" types is that they have gumption. And this Pentacostalist lady went right up to the security guard and had a conversation with him.

That's just not done at 40 Days.

Usually, you keep to your side of the street, they keep to theirs, and the twain never meet. (Except for maybe the sidewalk counsellors).

Do you think this Pentacostalist lady is going to let mere convention stop her from having a desired conversation with security guard?

Hell no.

She went right up to him and chatted with him like it was no big deal.

And she came back and told me that this security guard called himself a Christian and that she "challenged" him on his abortion stance.

"Challenge"-- such a protestant  idea. We Catholics don't challenge. We propose. Like we're pitching an idea or something.

Anyhow, as I read the blogpost from the former security guard, I wondered if it was him.

I just thought it was interesting he would post, that's all, and I thought I'd throw it out there for the pro-life community to ponder.

And lastly, when you do go to 40 Days, remember you're not supposed to scream anything at the passers-by whether they're clients, staff or pedestrians. It's supposed to be a peaceful vigil. You're there to be a prayerful witness and a source of outreach. It's not a "protest" in the classic sense of the term. The strength of our witness is in our prayer and presence, not in our slogans.