For Catholics who spend their Saturdays standing outside abortion clinics, holding graphic or condescending signs and “fetus” rosaries, chanting the Our Father and singing hymns, I want you to think long and hard about how you choose to spend your Saturdays. I want you to think about if this is what the Lord truly called you to do. Because when I stand outside abortion clinics, as I did yesterday in Boston, I do not see the Lord in those saying the rosary while holding hand-drawn signs of “aborted fetuses.” I see zealous, prideful people with little humility and grace. I see selfish, sheltered people more concerned with their personal satisfaction than the feelings and rights and lives of others. I do not see Jesus, even as you go through the Our Father’s and Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s.
This is not about getting your point across. I think you have already made your point loud and clear. The Catholic Church believes “life begins at conception” and you honor that. Still, you believe that the longer you wait outside abortion clinics each Saturday, the more women you will “save.”
But you will not save them. These women (and trans men and those who don’t identify as women) do not need your saving. They need to access a clinic safely. They need to know they will be OK with whatever choice they choose. They do not need fear. They do not need stress. They do not need condemnation from people doing God’s misguided work.
For Catholics who spend their Saturdays outside abortion clinics, I want you to think long and hard whether your services would be better elsewhere. Why not go to a homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter instead? Why not donate baby clothes and diapers and food to new mothers who can’t afford motherhood? Why not spread God’s name through peaceful and dutiful work?
And if you would like to say the rosary for the unborn, why not say it in a church? Light a candle and ask Mother Mary to give women considering abortion strength. But don’t forget — there are many women who pray to Mary to give them strength for their abortions. And the Blessed Mother does.
For Catholics who spend their Saturdays outside abortion clinics, I have a hard time believing Jesus is standing with you. If Jesus were here on Earth in his earthly form today, there’s a much greater chance that he would be wearing a clinic escort vest, helping women inside and protecting them from those throwing stones.