Pro-Choice-ers. Because we live in a liberal state, where the majority of the population is extravagantly and abundantly brimming with pro-choice propaganda we conservative-christian types are pretty used to taking a lot of flack. We know not to flaunt our views, lest we be eaten alive by the sometimes-rabid opposition, but at the same time we resolutely refuse to be ashamed of what we think. This is why I thought it was a good idea to attend a talk at UW this weekend, by an OBG YN who used to perform abortions.
I had expected the usual rabble from the Students for Choice, and sure enough, when I went in the door there were people shouting at me and handing me leaflets that said things like “Hate Women? Then you’ll love this event!” (Yes because being a woman, I am coming to this event out of sheer self-malice. Really? How could that make ANY sense? Alrightalright.)
The speech started on time when a slightly plump, balding man with a soft smile and troubled eyes stepped out on the stage. He didn’t make it through the first sentence before the Students for Choice marched through the rows carrying signs and shouting obscenities and slogans at the mildly surprised audience. The speaker, slightly smiling, serenely surveyed the passing protestors as they walked out the door. Unfazed he proceeded with his speech and finished his sentence ” …and hopefully this speech will help start a reasonable discussion between the two sides of this issue that is based on tolerance and understanding.”
That, boys and girls, is the definition of irony.
Let’s be clear here. There are extremists on both sides, making the reasonable ones look bad with their intolerant behavior and closed-minded thinking. I’m sure the group that showed up to the speech was probably made up of extremists. But where, oh where, are the reasonable guys? I genuinely would like to have a conversation with a reasonable, rational pro-choice individual with well thought out, logical opinions… Who also wouldn’t take everything I say as a personal insult. Wouldn’t you?
Because, lets be honest, the insecure, hateful, irrational ones probably will be offended by your very existence.