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There’s an abortion clinic being built outside of Aurora, IL (near Naperville, where I work). It’d be the largest one in the country.
You can guess where this is going.
Protests. Pro-lifers. And quotations we don’t even have to take out of context to make the person sound crazy.

“Satan has been able to creep into our gospel. Jesus said that this is my body, take and eat from it. Now, we hear people say that this is my body, I can do what I want with it,” said Rev. Martin Heinz of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Aurora.

What?! People doing what they want to with their own bodies?! Heathens.
Then, we get this nugget:

Before the prayer rally, protesters carrying signs and singing hymns marched in seven groups of more than 100 through residential areas surrounding the clinic. Eric Scheidler, communications director for the Pro-Life Action League, called the march a “Jericho walk,” comparing their protest around the clinic to the biblical walk around the “impenetrable fortress of Jericho.”

But the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is still standing. God clearly isn’t on their side. Or else the protesters are really bad trumpet players.
What if they do win?

“We hope to be celebrating with Eric and the others who have worked so hard to protect women and their babies from exploitation and death at the hands of deceptive Planned Parenthood abortionists,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “But if this abortion mill is allowed to open, Planned Parenthood is sadly mistaken if it thinks we are going to let it go at that. They have only seen the beginning of our opposition to their dishonest child-killing business.”

Child-killers. Abortion mill. Deceptive. If the pro-lifers mischaracterize and distort the other side in everything they say, why do they expect anyone to take them seriously?

Scheidler said that the Pro-Life Action League has scheduled a men’s vigil from midnight to 8 a.m. Tuesday and plans a protest from 8 to 10 a.m. with multiple clergy leaders and abortion protesters.
“Either way I will be out there,” Scheidler said. “If Planned Parenthood doesn’t open, then I’ll be out there celebrating. If it does, then I’ll be out there gearing up for the next phase against Planned Parenthood.”

Don’t some of these people have day jobs?
Anyway, the clinic will open at some point, even if it gets delayed. And women who need the help will get the help.
Advice to the pro-lifers: If you want more people on your side, stop making only Biblical arguments and religious references. Calling your march a “Jericho Walk” doesn’t make me want to listen to what you have to say. If your only arguments against abortion are religious in nature, those of us who can think beyond that will ignore you.
(Thanks to Mike for the link!)

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