Video: Fighting abortion in Texas (Front line footage)
|By TFP Student Action|
|July 28, 2013|
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Under the patronage of Saint Michael the Archangel to whom the tour for the unborn was dedicated, a group of twelve young TFP volunteers arrived in Austin, Texas, on July 14. Their mission: Oppose abortion, visit as many cities as possible, and hold rallies in defense of the right to life.
After studying the issue and testing our ability to tackle pro-abortion arguments with mock debates, we were all ready for action, equipped with a large 14-foot banner that reads: "Abortion kills babies," and posters asking drivers to "Honk against abortion." A bagpiper kept our morale high with live music and we distributed a considerable number of 10 Reasons Why Abortion is Evil leaflets.
On our first stop, reactions were mostly positive. Almost 50% of car traffic was supportive. We saw many smiles and waves. However, pro-abortion advocates shouted angrily. Later in the day, heavy rain forced us to relocate and continue the campaign under the shelter of an overpass. The day was successful. Spirits are high.
At the University of Texas, Austin
Here the campaign was a lot more colorful and intense. Our caravan leaflets against abortion proved to be a point of division among passers-by. Some took them and willingly talked about the issue. Opponents were vocal and vulgar. "Personally, I've never been cursed at so much in my entire life," said TFP member Cesar Franco. "Whenever I offered the flier to pro-abortion advocates, they would respond with the F-word."
Another liberal student tried to convince TFP member Alvaro Zapata that a man cannot have a certainty that he was conceived in his mother’s womb. A female student criticized our sign that reads, “Smile, you survived abortion.”
“That sign is so horrible,” she said, attempting to rip it out of our hands.
One pro-abortion supporter shockingly said, "I like abortion. It's delicious."
During our lunch break, we went to the beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral to pray. The contrast between the calmness and sacrality of the church compared to the ugliness and agitation at the university was striking.
The second campaign of the day took place at 6th St. and Lamar St. near downtown Austin. On our side of the intersection was a music store called Waterloo. After a while counter-protestors appeared carrying sings they obtained from the music store. Their signs read, “honk twice if you are pro-choice” and “honk twice if you think these guys are d****." One of the pro-abortion men had a large, visible satanic tattoo on his calf, a goat’s skull inside a pentagram with the word “possessed” written under it. Their ring leader blurted, “I think abortion is delicious.” The eerie encounter reminded us of the satanic chant heard earlier this month at the State Capitol when pro-abortion activists attempted to impede pro-life legislation. Those who rally around the flag of abortion and debauchery have a dark master.
At the 5:15 minute mark you will hear the chant, "Hail Satan..."
In this climate, caravan members would alternate with the rosary, religious and patriotic hymns, and our slogans in defense of the unborn. One man walking by, shook our hands and said: “I want to thank you for your courage.”
Then, the counter-protesters pulled out a bull horn which they quickly put away when the police arrived. Later, as we finished the campaign, workers from Waterloo stood out front of the store (which deals in Rock music) and jeered us along with the protesters. Their jeers did not diminish our enthusiasm to continue the good fight.
A generous couple fed us dinner. Above the door of their home was written, "Our home is just little home... but God knows where we live." The lady of the house was enthusiastic with the campaign and said, “I want my son to either be a priest or a TFP member when he grows up.”
Campaign in Round Rock
Today we campaigned in Round Rock before traveling to San Antonio. The reaction was very good. Honks, waves, and thumbs up were the order for the day. A photographer from the local newspaper came out. A middle-aged woman, visibly emotional, said that she was raped when she was younger. But she carried the baby to term and gave it up for adoption. She effusively thanked us for the campaign.
Our next stand for the unborn was at the Alamo. The public was overall very sympathetic. Several people wanted to take their pictures alongside the TFP members and banner.
As we closed the campaign with a prayer, a man dressed as a woman shouted profanities at us: “Do you have a uterus?” Then he started shouting at people around him. So we decided to sing "God Bless America." By the time we finished singing, he was gone and several people who had witnessed the incident began to applaud the TFP. Among them was a young mother with three children: "Thank you! This means a lot to me,” she said. When she was pregnant with her third child, the father threatened to leave her if she didn’t abort him. The mother chose her baby. Not knowing how she was going to care for her family, she trusted in God: "Now, every time I look at my baby," she said, "I'm glad I did the right thing."
At a busy intersection later in the day the honking was deafening. The reaction was overwhelmingly pro-life. One man brought us water and joined us for the rest of the campaign. Another man got out of his car, shook our hands, saying: “We are thankful to the TFP for teaching us how to protest. Ever since the first protest we participated in, we have been doing them ever since at many different places in the city.”
Amazing support in Lubbock
On Friday, after visiting Mission San Jose and the National Basilica of St. Therese, we traveled to Lubbock. The next day, we were ready for action and campaigned in front of Texas Tech. If we thought the support in San Antonio was good, Lubbock proved to be still better. The honks and vocal support were amazing. A young man got out of his car and said: "I pray with the other pro-lifers in front of the local Planned Parenthood in town. Most of them are women. I am so glad to see men protesting against abortion!” Another lady kindly brought us a welcome package of cold water and Gatorade.
Perhaps infuriated by all the support, a pro-abortion individual hurled a large cup of water at TFP member Elias Bartel. It hit his sign.
At rush hour, St. Michael Caravan members campaigned near the South Plains Mall. The reaction was excellent. On three different occasions, people got out of their cars to shake our hands or take pictures with us.
Two pro-abortion individuals showed up with signs: One read: "These men are *****” and the other: "Honk stupid rednecks.” But the support did not slacken.
As we drove out of the parking lot, two pro-abortion men in a white GMC followed us. They stalked our van all the way to the Lubbock Police Station, a fifteen minute drive. We also alerted the police about what was happening. At the Police Station they pulled up beside our van and shouted profane insults at us and made vulgar gestures. Seconds later, two police cars with lights flashing swooped down and pulled them over. A spontaneous cheer erupted in our van.
Let us continue fighting abortion and its sinful culture. And may God protect and bless America with graces of conversion.
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