My husband and I participated, as we do each year, in the Life Chain pro-life event and the resultant “feedback” from passersby wasn’t quite as “nice” or congenial as your article implied.
In fact, the most egregious opposition was presented by a younger woman sporting attire that defined her as “Pro-Choice” walking with a male companion who commented to me as I stood quietly praying in the rain: “I hear if you kill five babies you get the sixth for free, pretty sweet deal, right”? She then had her male counterpart drive her around our peaceful anti-abortion protest shouting epithets at participants and video-recording us, which I’m trusting she then hopefully posted liberally on as many social/news media outlets as she could.
Now obviously this young woman full of animus and vitriol deserves nothing less than our prayers. Yet at the same time, it appears she has been entirely indoctrinated by the radicalized extremists who have promoted the notion that a fetus is not an unborn human being at all (despite major dictionaries defining he/she as such) as well it being once regarded as one of those “self-evident” realities we all once took for granted.
Such persons have also bought into the notion that the “right”(?) to an abortion is part of a larger feminist cause. It isn’t whatsoever, of course — but instead is a human-rights cause which involves a man as part of this equation, as well as, of course, the unborn baby.
So despite your Star reporter attempting to present “both sides” of this issue in typically sterile fashion, one side clearly defies logic, science, and reality whilst the other attempts to protect all life via alternative solutions — as did, by the way, the majority of original feminist “suffragettes” with regard to this very matter.
Abortion is not a “safe” (ask any one of the counselors who work with women who have dealt with those who have undergone an abortion, or even those persons themselves who are the survivors of an attempted medical abortion procedure) nor an expedient means of finding resolve for a situation that for one reason or another is construed as being fraught with difficulty.
Abortion is and always will remain the taking of a human life. And we as Catholic Christians — along with our like-minded brethren — will forever remain committed to its abolition.