It’s not uncommon for those on the outside looking in to see all pro-life activists as die-hard Christians who always throw their faith in other’s faces. They assume that it is a one-sided religious fight, with Christians forcing their beliefs on the unbelieving. But as this woman in Washington just proved, maybe it’s religious for both sides.
It happened on Saturday outside a local Planned Parenthood in Bellingham, Washington. A group of students from the Students for Life chapter at Whatcom Community College had gathered to pray peacefully as part of their “40 Days for Life” campaign.
As usual, some passersby didn’t take too kindly to the students’ prayers and their attendance and let them know it. Autumn Lindsey, a leader of the student group, told the Daily Caller News Foundation, “We have people constantly scream at us or flip us off while driving by. Occasionally, we have people come talk to us. sometimes the women going into Planned Parenthood come talk to us, and we tell them that we love them and that they have other options.”
But not all of their encounters are so docile. And Saturday turned out to be a rather nasty day for the small group of students who appeared to pray at the site.
According to a Students for Life press release, several people passed by “yelling obscenities and displaying crude gestures.” The group said that one man even masturbated “towards the group” in a car as his friend slowly drove by. A woman flashed the students while yelling, “My body, my choice.” And another man rode by calling out obscenities before throwing a glass “vial” at the students.
But the most chilling was when a woman pulled up in her car to tell the students that she didn’t need her prayers because “Satan is the one true Lord. Satan, the Dark Lord.”
One student noticed a small child in the back seat of the woman’s car and noted it, asking, “Do you have a sweet baby back there?” To which the woman responded, “Oh, yeah, I didn’t abort her. I kept her. Yeah.”
Then as she drove away, she yelled again, “We don’t need your prayers. Hail, Satan!”
Lindsey said that “Satan” and the like are mentioned to the students “more than you would think.” She said, “for some, I think it’s just a way for them to try and get under our skin, but the woman driving her car seemed to honestly believe it.”
And Student for Life president Kristan Hawkins agrees, adding that as the fight to eradicate abortions goes on, it seems that more and more pro-abortion advocates also seem to pro-Satan and anti-God. Once, the ongoing battle about abortion was clearly seen as a one-sided religious one. But Hawkins notes that both sides of the fight are now doing so in a religious context.
It isn’t uncommon to see pro-abortion advocates displaying an almost worship-like zeal for killing off babies, complete with dark images, anti-God messages, and a determination to praise Satan.
And with this openly pro-death messages come more and more violence. Hawkins said, “Abortion advocates are becoming more violent against those who advocate for the innocent, but we will not be silenced.”
Lindsey agreed with the group’s president, saying that the threats the students have received are enough to make some very hesitant about continuing their work.
“This kind of intimidation causes some of our volunteers to feel uneasy to sign up to pray for mothers ad preborn children during a 40 Days for Life event. We are only 11 days in, and we have already been bullied and threatened to the point where our volunteers are nervous to go alone.”
But she, like Hawkins, is adamant that their work will continue.
She said, “But we will not back down because this just demonstrates how evil the abortion industry is. We will stand united together and not let the bullies stop us even though the violence of abortion is celebrated by increasingly violent people.”
Lindsay added that if necessary, they will call the police when they feel out of their league and in real danger, such as when the vial, which was filled with an unknown liquid, was thrown at them and shattered at their feet.
We can only hope that as this violence and hatred continue, that people and influential lawmakers see the real evil behind abortions and fight to make some very needed changes.