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Walk For Life West Coast 2006 - pictures of the protesters along the route

Last year, in 2005, after doing my first Walk For Life, I wrote an article about it trying to retrace both the exhilarating feelings of doing the right thing and promoting something good and, at the very same time, trying to answer the false accusations hurled at us by the angry protesters. I wondered about all those protesters along the way, about all the ones taking a stand supposedly "For Choice" but which is, in practicality"For Abortion" and why they were so driven to be calling us names, screaming profanities and swirling insults at us.

So this year, I took my camera with me and I took many pictures (many more than I am showing here). When I came home, it occurred to me that I should start praying specifically for each one of them, for all the people that were along the route, staring us down with contempt or screaming frantically at us, and that I should ask for God’s peace on them, for the Holy Spirit to come and soften their hearts. I wanted to offer prayers as my answer to their protest. The more I thought about it and the more it looked to me as a good idea, as the correct Christian thing to do.

I also decided to enlist a few intercessors to help me in this project and I sent a letter with pictures to one powerful prayer group in a monastery outside of California and to another one outside of the US, asking them to pray for all the Walk For Life protesters! Our common prayers and God's grace will bring blessings on their heads.

The signs held up by the protesters said: “Hands off my body”, “keep your rosaries out of my ovaries”, “abortion is a right not a choice”, “bigots go home” etc… And many of them held up “hangers” as the ultimate statement to keep abortion legal and on demand. Never once was anything mentioned about helping women throughout their unexpected pregnancies with money, emotional support and practical services or with alternative solutions like Adoption. This is why I want to pray for them, for all these young women who are so driven to deny their own capacity for motherhood. They have been fed tremendous lies - such as to put their own freedom and comfort above another life – and they will have to live with the consequences of these lies all their life. Although many young women were among the protesters (some of them with very poignant sad faces), there were also a few virulent older women and even some men in drag with signs about their "ovaries" ... Confusion and contempt and anger dominated the ranks of the protesters.

O Lord, have mercy on us, all of us!

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