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Six-Day Fast for Life at an Abortion Clinic

“YOUR KIND NEVER CARES ABOUT WAR”

By Juli Loesch | May 1985
Juli Loesch is the founder of Pro-lifers for Survival, an organization that opposes both nuclear weapons and abortion. A Contributing Editor of the NEW OXFORD REVIEW, she currently resides in Erie, Pennsylvania. The saga recounted above took place in a city on the West Coast.

Monday, First Day

Doug took me down to Planned Parenthood with my leaflets, a prayer bench and cushion, and a thermos of lemonade. We firmly attached two signs (“Abortion is Not Healthy for Women and Other Living Things” and the other, a drawing of a hap­py, frisky fetus with the caption, “Peace Starts Here”) to a tree and a concrete wall, just outside Planned Parenthood’s property line.

The PP staffer, a good-looking woman, was upon us almost instantly: “Let’s be very clear about the rules. Keep off our property [she indi­cated an imaginary line from the corner of a bed of flowering primulas to a garbage dumpster on the other side of the driveway]; no blocking of access; and keep moving. Otherwise, you give me no op­tion but to call the police.”

I had to smile at that. “Oh, I give you no op­tion? In that case, let me give you an option. You may decide not to call the police, if you want. Okay?”

“We will have no option but to call the po­lice,” she repeated with slight irritation. She turned and went back into the building, almost, I might say, with a professional click of the heels.

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