Look, I get it

I was a little bit surprised on Sunday when I drove up to the lab where I work on some weekends to find a group of anti-abortion protestors standing on the sidewalk in front of the building. Some of them carried signs with messages like “Pray To End Abortion” and some bogus statistics on abortions in the United States. (They’re bogus because I’ve researched them.) Others carried some graphic images of aborted fetuses. I guess they were trying to make a point of the horrible nature of abortion.

It is, by the way, very much horrible. It’s something that I wish I could snap my fingers and make disappear.

To any random member of that group that was there and, by some random act of God, is reading this, I’d like to say, look, I get it.

I get that you more than likely went from church out into your community to try to do volunteer work with kids who are in desperate poverty. You probably went to the soup kitchen (it was a cold day), but they turned you away because they had all the help they needed. I get that the needs of children the world over were completely met on that Sunday afternoon… So you found it perfectly reasonable to go and protest a place that doesn’t perform abortions.

Of course, I’m being sarcastic. Those people probably went straight into protest mode the moment they woke up.

What I’m getting at is that there are ways to do away with abortion that do not involve displaying graphic images for sensitive eyes to gaze upon. Likewise, you need to be informed about what you are protesting. We don’t do abortions there. Also, there are hundreds of thousands of children who are suffering unbelievable hells on earth right now who need your help beyond a simple protest.

I get it. I just hope you did too.

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I'm a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen