Dear Planned Parenthood Protestors

*Just a warning: this is not a light and fluffy story. I'm pissed right now, writing this, and it comes off in my post. It was all I could do just to keep some F-bombs out of this letter, so if you want light and fluffy, skip down to the next post.

Dear Planned Parenthood Protestors,

For the record, you jackasses really piss me off.

I'm not a fan of abortion. I don't necessarily think anyone has a right to tell someone what they can or can't do with their body...but I do believe abortion is murder, and it's not something I would ever choose. I got pregnant with PPT two months after my 20th birthday. I was still living at home with my parents, had no car and worked at Robinsons-May, but he's alive and kicking today because abortion wasn't an option. And because I didn't believe in abortion, I was given a gorgeous, fat, healthy baby who saved me from the path I was heading into and gave me a reason to live.

So I'm not a fan of abortion, and it's not something I could ever do.

Having said that...we live right down the street from a Planned Parenthood. During the weekdays, it's pretty mellow...nobody protesting on the curb, nobody screaming and yelling. On the weekends however, the place comes alive with folks marching up and down the street, chanting and holding up giant 60" posters of dead babies. And not just babies, but baby parts and baby blood, and signs reading, "You'll burn in Hell".

I get your point, and I know what you're trying to do. But because of you, I have to attempt to make up an explanation of what those photos are to my 4-year old son. My 4-year old.

Because of you, I have to skirt around your reason for picketing in front of the brick building on Tustin Avenue, so that my 10-year old doesn't find out that people kill babies just because they don't want them.

Because of you, I have to cover my babies' eyes at the stoplight...those babies that I kept, I love, and I cherish...those babies that weren't aborted.

Because of you, and your cause to keep all children safe and innocent, my children risk losing their innocence. Because of you.

Your message is valid, and surprisingly it's one I agree with, to a certain extent. I may even have been one of your supporters, if you hadn't shoved your violent propoganda down mine, and my babies', throats. Sadly, your belief in your message has been overshadowed by your apparent need to resort to shock tactics and bullying.

Please remember why you ended up on the curb on Tustin Avenue to begin with. To save and protect children. Aren't my children (and their innocence) worth saving and protecting?


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Deb said...

well said, Shannon! that really sucks.