Seeing as how I am looking to "Blog" a bit on various topics and activist activities I run into, I'd like to take a few moments to touch on something taking place locally that many feel strongly about. This topic is not always poverty related, but can often be in various ways.
Here's the thing: I'm not looking to start a debate on the matter. So you may ask why I am then writing about this elusive, yet to be named, topic. I understand. Let's go back a bit.
For the last few years, near my home, I have seen Pro Life Protesters near the free port hospital. I fully respect their right to voice their concerns and opinions, however on a personal level I am Pro Choice: I don't condone abortion, yet also don't condemn it, I feel strongly that it is an area in which I have truly no right to impose my opinion nor viewpoint on another individual. I don't find it to be my place to judge another Woman's choice. So on the many occasions that I have seen The Pro Life Protesters by Freeport Hospital, it has upset me. I imagine the feelings of the woman entering the Freeport facilities, on what could very well, and for many is, the worst day of their lives. It blows me away. Though I respect the right for the protesters to protest, I also feel it at times violates the rights of others as well, specifically those who have had to or are faced with feeling the burden of such a decision. No one knows the stories of the woman they may be hurting with the words on their signs. Who is another to judge them without even knowing their story?
You can imagine, now knowing my perspective, that driving by one day and seeing a single Pro Choice Sign Holder, walking amidst the group I come to expect there daily, drew my attention and respect.
Meet Sarah Robertson.
For 30 DAYS NOW she has been out, not protesting, but to ensure that despite the pain of seeing the Pro Life Protesters, those accessing Freeports Health Services could also see that they were also by some supported in their need to face their choices, She looks to ensure they know they are not alone in their decision, regardless of their choice.
For the next 10 days, she will continue to offer her support.
Feel free to join her,... If you choose to.
And well done Sarah. I thank you.
Despite the many struggles she faced throughout her time out there, Sarah trucked through. To find out more, check out the link below for some news coverage on the topic.
Why we need to talk openly?
There are so many facets of our community that can best be addressed through communal discussion . To best initiate resolving barriers individuals face, I feel we need to begin frank, yet respectful discussion, in hopes of gaining better insight into the various perspectives that shape our community.