Sunday, January 22, 2006

Blog for Choice Day, January 22, 2006







It seems most fitting that in the month I celebrate the birth of my beautiful new granddaughter, I choose to also blog for choice, thanks to Grace Davis.

In the spring and summer of 1992, I became more involved (than just sending a check a couple of times a year) with the Pro-Choice movement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the 80s and 90s, anti-choice fanatics targeted cities around America in an effort to close down clinics that provided, among other services, abortions. A strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, I was asked to join a group of pro-choice activists at a clinic to provide a counter balance to anti-choice groups led by Matthew Trewhella and Randall Terry.

At the time of that phone call, I don't believe any of us realized just how familiar Matthew Trewhella of The Missionaries to the Preborn and Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, would become. In those early days of their Milwaukee assaults on the reproductive freedom of women, I got a taste of the nature of these men and what I saw frightened me. What I saw, while Mr. Terry pushed me hard against the door handle of a minivan in the parking lot of the clinic on Farwell Avenue, while screaming and spittle-flicking my face, made me determined to do all in my small power to stop these megalomaniacal men as best I could. The only words I have ever spoken directly to Terry were, and they are burned in my memory, "Get your fucking hands off me. If you honestly believe I can take any man seriously who's wearing a naugahyde three-quarter length, nasty belted coat, you are delusional." And so began my own personal year of insanity that included a court appearance for threatening language (case dismissed), a five morning a week (5 AM to 9 AM) stint as a clinic escort for NARAL that lasted five months and multiple appearances as a pro-choice supporter when I was asked to simply show up so the insane numbers of anti-choice fanatics who were bussed in from all over America wouldn't look quite as huge as they were.

And so, instead of rambling on about my own personal experiences I am going to leave you some links, all worthy of your time, and one small request. If you are pro-choice, become more active in the movement before you lose your right to choose. Always remember that being pro-choice only means that you believe in a woman's right to choose. It does not mean that you are personally in favor of or opposed to abortion. The good people at Planned Parenthood and NARAL can always use your help or your donation.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

NARAL


And here's a link to one man who is a true champion of women and their right to choose.

Dan McGuire

6 Comments:

Blogger junebee said...

Cool. I am going to suggest this post to another blog I read who is very active in pro-choice.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Zube Girl said...

Junebee sent me. :-) I so appreciate your words. I do everything in my power to help Planned Parenthood and NARAL, AND I'm trying to conceive. But, keeping Choice available to women is kind of my life's purpose.

7:26 PM  
Blogger GraceD said...

"Get your fucking hands off me. If you honestly believe I can take any man seriously who's wearing a naugahyde three-quarter length, nasty belted coat, you are delusional."


YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

And you took him to court!

YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

Lin, you so effing rule, there should be solar systems named after you.

In admiration,
GraceD

10:00 PM  
Blogger JB said...

Lin, you are my hero. It is because of women like you that I enjoy the freedom I have today, but I also realize that freedom is now threatened. You’ve convinced me to start taking a more active role and to start fighting to keep my right to choose. I also plan to blog about this topic, as well, in the upcoming months.

You rock!

P.S.
I would have paid good money to hear you shout these words:

"Get your fucking hands off me. If you honestly believe I can take any man seriously who's wearing a naugahyde three-quarter length, nasty belted coat, you are delusional."

8:35 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Hi lin

Thanks for your comment on isamericaburning

We're both pro-choice of course and we've posted about it. I've been involved in an ongoing Planned Parenthood vs the idiots battle here. So far PP 2, idiots zip but I expect they'll be back.

I'll add you to the blogroll as soon as my good friend Andrea can do it. I'm inept but it's one of my resolutions for the coming year.

Please keep visiting.

Ann (granny)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I absolutely LOVE what you said to Randall Terry. You are my hero.

11:48 AM  

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