Saturday at the Defund PP Protest

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Saturday at the Defund PP Protest

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On Sat­ur­day in Fitch­burg I attended one of the Defund Planned Par­ent­hood protests that took place around the coun­try as the speaker.

While nation­ally the effort ran afoul of GOP sen­a­tors John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski In Mass­a­chu­setts the effort is a tad dif­fer­ent as it is nec­es­sary to amend the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­sti­tu­tion to do so here. So there is a need to obtain sig­na­ture to get a bal­lot ques­tion started.

She spoke to a reporter from the Telegram ear­lier

Gard­ner res­i­dent Shel­ley Austin said that Mass­a­chu­setts is one of only 15 states that use tax dol­lars to pay for abor­tions, which she said are a cov­ered pro­ce­dure through MassHealth.

She said that the Mass­a­chu­setts Alliance to Stop Tax­payer Funded Abor­tion is try­ing to put the issue of taxpayer-​funded abor­tion before Mass­a­chu­setts vot­ers. They are work­ing to col­lect the 65,000 sig­na­tures required to get a ques­tion on the ballot.

I spoke to Shelly after the rally.

The reporter for the Telegram and Gazette spoke to sev­eral of us before the event includ­ing me.

Fitch­burg res­i­dent Pete Ingemi, a long­time mem­ber of St. Bernard’s Church, said fight­ing taxpayer-​funded abor­tion is the first and most log­i­cal step to end­ing abortions.

What is abor­tion? It is the aban­don­ment of hope,” he said. “And the argu­ment is always that it isn’t a real life, but it is a life, and it’s a life of value. You never know what great things that human being was going to make happen.”

and stayed for most of the rosary but not for either Shelly talk or my speech

In Fitch­burg, a sim­i­lar, but smaller prayer protest was held on Main Street near the Planned Par­ent­hood office. A small group, some hold­ing rosary beads, shared their com­mit­ment to stop­ping abortion.

Sit­u­ated under the shade of a tree, the group got plenty of sup­port in the form of thumbed-​up hands stick­ing out of pass­ing cars, beep­ing horns and the occa­sional affir­ma­tive shout. There were also passers-​by who strongly dis­agreed — though just one or two — and orga­nizer Joyce Aucoin said this is noth­ing new.

The detail left out here was man who repeat­edly approached Joyce as she spoke, loudly loudly ask­ing her for con­doms, he left when it was clear she was not going to let him pro­voke her.

As for my speech I pointed out that Planned Par­ent­hood was built on the same lies that jus­ti­fied slav­ery from the days of ancient Egypt, to Roman times, to the Bar­bary Pirates to the slave trade. The idea that those enslaved were either of lesser val­ues or not actual human beings. It is no coin­ci­dence that like most other places it oper­ates, Planned Par­ent­hood moved into Fitch­burg as the “His­panic” pop­u­la­tion increased.

Fur­ther­more I pointed out that the eas­i­est way to reveal the lie is to ask any counter-​protester sup­port­ing “choice” if it is OK to abort a child in the womb because it was gay. Sud­denly the woman’s choice argu­ment isn’t good enough and the per­son always has to think, why? Because in their mind that per­son might be of their group which sud­denly con­fers a value on that life that they didn’t before.

But the eas­i­est way to show how care­fully the lie has to be taught was illus­trated by a model of a 20 week old baby in the womb.

Put that model in front of any child and ask what it is, and the answer will be “a baby”. To pro­duce a dif­fer­ent answer, you have to be care­fully taught.

Will it make a dif­fer­ence? It will be tough to win this fight in Mass­a­chu­setts, par­tic­u­larly when a lot of the GOP lead­er­ship has been care­fully taught to run away from this issue, but as the man who actu­ally wrote the Con­sti­tu­tion of Mass­a­chu­setts once said, facts are stub­born things.

To say he would be appalled at how par­ti­sans have rewrit­ten and rein­ter­preted his words in their image while still claim­ing it was his work and not theirs, is an understatement.

A reporter takes a picture of a protester in front of Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg 4-29-18

On Saturday in Fitchburg I attended one of the Defund Planned Parenthood protests that took place around the country as the speaker.

While nationally the effort ran afoul of GOP senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski In Massachusetts the effort is a tad different as it is necessary to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to do so here. So there is a need to obtain signature to get a ballot question started.

She spoke to a reporter from the Telegram earlier

Gardner resident Shelley Austin said that Massachusetts is one of only 15 states that use tax dollars to pay for abortions, which she said are a covered procedure through MassHealth.

She said that the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion is trying to put the issue of taxpayer-funded abortion before Massachusetts voters. They are working to collect the 65,000 signatures required to get a question on the ballot.

I spoke to Shelly after the rally.

The reporter for the Telegram and Gazette spoke to several of us before the event including me.

Fitchburg resident Pete Ingemi, a longtime member of St. Bernard’s Church, said fighting taxpayer-funded abortion is the first and most logical step to ending abortions.

“What is abortion? It is the abandonment of hope,” he said. “And the argument is always that it isn’t a real life, but it is a life, and it’s a life of value. You never know what great things that human being was going to make happen.”

and stayed for most of the rosary but not for either Shelly talk or my speech

In Fitchburg, a similar, but smaller prayer protest was held on Main Street near the Planned Parenthood office. A small group, some holding rosary beads, shared their commitment to stopping abortion.

Situated under the shade of a tree, the group got plenty of support in the form of thumbed-up hands sticking out of passing cars, beeping horns and the occasional affirmative shout. There were also passers-by who strongly disagreed — though just one or two — and organizer Joyce Aucoin said this is nothing new.

The detail left out here was man who repeatedly approached Joyce as she spoke, loudly loudly asking her for condoms, he left when it was clear she was not going to let him provoke her.

As for my speech I pointed out that Planned Parenthood was built on the same lies that justified slavery from the days of ancient Egypt, to Roman times, to the Barbary Pirates to the slave trade. The idea that those enslaved were either of lesser values or not actual human beings. It is no coincidence that like most other places it operates, Planned Parenthood moved into Fitchburg as the “Hispanic” population increased.

Furthermore I pointed out that the easiest way to reveal the lie is to ask any counter-protester supporting “choice” if it is OK to abort a child in the womb because it was gay. Suddenly the woman’s choice argument isn’t good enough and the person always has to think, why? Because in their mind that person might be of their group which suddenly confers a value on that life that they didn’t before.

But the easiest way to show how carefully the lie has to be taught was illustrated by a model of a 20 week old baby in the womb.

Put that model in front of any child and ask what it is, and the answer will be “a baby”. To produce a different answer, you have to be carefully taught.

Will it make a difference? It will be tough to win this fight in Massachusetts, particularly when a lot of the GOP leadership has been carefully taught to run away from this issue, but as the man who actually wrote the Constitution of Massachusetts once said, facts are stubborn things.

To say he would be appalled at how partisans have rewritten and reinterpreted his words in their image while still claiming it was his work and not theirs, is an understatement.