Every year about this time, the Catholic church across the street from where I live does their 40 Days for life cross display. They have a big sign stating how many abortions are done every day, and rows of little white crosses made out of white plastic tubing.
I think what angers me the most about the pro-life crowd is that they are not about life at all. They don't give a shit about the woman who needs birth control, or a pap smear, or has an UTI. They think that every woman going into Planned Parenthood is there for the 'evil abortion'. That is NOT what Planned Parenthood is about!
The way to prevent abortions is NOT by protesting the abortion clinics! Shocker, I know. To prevent abortion, we have to prevent the actual unintended PREGNANCY. That means BIRTH CONTROL, people.
I have a Catholic friend who miscarried her first child at around 20 weeks or so. She was devastated. Her and her husband had so been looking forward to having a child. A week or so after her daughter was born, I was talking on the phone to her about it. She couldn't understand why someone would willingly terminate such a perfect being. I refused to say anything besides comforting words to her, because that would have been SO uncouth of me, but I was thinking "what about all the single girls who had no means of supporting a child? Don't they get a choice? It's their bodies after all, not yours. Just because you and your husband, who are financially stable, btw, choose to have as many children as you can and never use birth control, what right do you have to take that choice away from someone who isn't in your shoes?" And.... my (very Catholic) friend used birth control up until the day she got married.
Don't talk to me about the evils of abortion until you show me the money you've put into helping women PREVENT pregnancy. Don't talk to me about the evils of abortion until you show me the receipts for all the women you've provided neo-natal care for since they couldn't have an abortion. Oh, and show me how many children you have adopted that would have been aborted otherwise.
There are over 800 Planned Parenthood clinics in this country. Every day, during the "40 days for life", Emily X is posting how many protesters she(they) see going into work every day. If you can, make a pledge.
Get some education about what Planned Parenthood does for women in this country, it may be the most important thing you ever do.