Monday, October 19, 2009

Bremerton, Washington

Today a patient said something in response to the protesters and their signs that made me pause. In addition to saying, with tremendous sincerity, that she didn't like them being there, she said, "I would never protest at their church, never."

I've heard many people express frustration and disapproval of the protesters, but what she said was different.

I’ve never considered Planned Parenthood to be my “church,” but it does stand for very important rights and values that provide my being with hope, happiness, and faith.

Protesters: 15

I am Emily X.

I am Planned Parenthood.

18 comments:

anti-anti said...

What a wonderful thought!

ballyhoo said...

I wonder if anyone has ever picked up a bullhorn and been a CON•tester (not sure if that would be the right word) announcing all of the good things in response patients are doing by taking care of their bodies and being responsible and being across from the protesters. It would prove their *peaceful* intentions were not peaceful upon reaction, but would not be a safe endeavor... I wish it were a safe endeavor.

kimberly said...

This gave me chills. Kudos to that patient for standing up to the protesters. The hate they spew is disgusting.

Ross said...

Your actions, and all the actions of the good people at Planned Parenthood who ensure women's health and well-being, are heroic.

guapamama said...

Emily, Your great and I support you!

Cathy said...

I would like to thank all of you for your strength, courage and patience, not only during these trying days of protests, but for every day that you do one of the world's most difficult yet underappreciated -- and necessary!-- jobs. I live overseas, but if I were still in the US, I would be volunteering by your side. You make me proud to be an American. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

cmurphy87 said...

The people at planned parenthood are wonderful, it takes a lot of courage to work in such conditions. I only hope that when I get my RN license, I can make as much of a difference for my patients as you all do for yours.
You are angels in my eyes

Dawn said...

Continue the hard work!

Patty said...

I would come out and support you, except we don't even have any clinics in Athens, Georgia!

Fraggle Ra said...

Thank you for continuing to provide health services to women. There are so many of us who appreciate the work you do and the courage it takes to continue.

Jody said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if those self-righteous people cared as much about unwanted children after they're born as they claim to do before? Better yet, what if they channeled the energy they expend condemning people they know nothing about into something that is actually helpful to their fellow human beings? Kudos "Emily" for both your endurance and your unwavering commitment!

Caren Crane said...

Emily, thank you for sharing that. What a cool way to think about a bad situation! Thank you for all you and the other staffers do to make patients feel safe and welcome.

Mama said...

I think that was p perfect comment. It takes alot not to scream back at the protesters...great comment

SQG said...

What hubris these pro-life fanatics have! Keep working and believing in what you do because it is very important. This week I heard Gloria Steinem talk about how racism and sexism are the same thing, and I think that evangelism and fascism are the same thing as well. They can believe whatever they like, but do not have the right to foist their beliefs on others. Voices of reason, however marginalized, should continue to speak out against them.

Mine! said...

They are at our local College in Bremerton and our High School as well, with huge photos of abortions. Twice they have been caught protesting in front of our daycare center and on one occasion they were reported for referring to our counter-demonstrating students as Hitler Youth. One of our counter-demonstrators was even threatened with assault.

When we know that they are at our campus, we stand roughly 50 feet away with our backs to them and we hold our OWN signs, warning our students that the anti-choicers with graphic photos are on campus. We also offer people alternate routes to get to where they need to go on campus if they do not want to see them. Helps our students out(who often walk here with their children) and takes away the anti-choicer's audience. Win-win!

Ryan said...

I'm going tomorrow to hold up a sign with the protesters...only mine had these words on it 'Every village has it's idiots... Here's ours --->' The arrow pointing at said protesters.

Emily said...

It can't be easy to hear the protesters every day and not say something. I'm glad your patient said something, what a strong woman.
Thank you for everything you all do, you deserve more kudos and thanks than you get.

Emily said...

It can't be easy to hear the protesters every day and not say something. I'm glad your patient said something, what a strong woman.
Thank you for everything you all do, you deserve more kudos and thanks than you get.