Two days ago, an angry man assaulted several of our female Caravan team members while engaging the public through “Choice” Chain in the Algoma Business District of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was walking by our demonstration with a little girl, and almost immediately became irate.
According to Caravan team member Maaike Rosendal:
After he had screamed at “Choice” Chain volunteers across the street, Thunder Bay local, Brian, walked towards us. While waving a stick at me, he encouraged the little girl with him (I’d estimate around 3 years old) to stand in front of the sign so he could take a picture. Screaming at us that he was going to put pictures of vaginas in public while making obscene gestures, he asked, “How would you like that, huh?”
I explained the difference between showing pictures of an injustice to turn people off versus showing obscene images which turn people on, when the little girl piped up, “What is it, Brian?”
“Ask them,” he responded angrily.
When I told her it was a baby, she asked, “What happened to the baby? Why is it broken?”
Me: “The doctor killed the baby.”
Little girl: “Why did he kill it?”
Me: “I don’t know sweetheart, but it’s sad, isn’t it?”
Little girl: “Uhuh, but why is there blood?”
Me: “Because the baby got hurt. I’m sure Brian loves you very much though, and that he’ll make sure you’re always safe.”
Then Brian interjected to me, “I don’t want you talking to her!” Then he angrily shouted to the little girl, “Go to your mom!” He pushed her into her mom’s direction, who was across the street; this resulted in the little girl almost running into traffic. Thankfully he had enough sense to grab her by the arm and while swearing, he crossed the street.
The little girl continued to ask about the aborted pre-born children on the signs when she was with her mother on the other side of the street. She inquired, “Mommy, there’s a dead baby; why did the doctors kill the baby?”
This little girl is the perfect illustration of what pro-life activists have found to be true time and time again: Children have functioning consciences. When they see a dismembered baby, they want to know why that happened, and who allowed it to happen. They do not get disturbed by the pictures so much as the obscene language and temper tantrums of their parents.
The angry man came back shortly afterwards, displaying his disdain for women and pre-born children by dumping a two-litre jug of milk on the heads of a three of the pro-life girls standing on the sidewalk with signs.
This is the response of a man furious that women dared to stand up and speak for women and children, and furious that the little girl did not share his anger at the protestors, but rather wanted to know, “Why did the doctors kill the baby?” This little girl knew instinctively what Brian could not grasp intellectually: That when faced with evidence of an injustice, we should ask why the injustice is happening, not react with more violence towards those who stand to expose it.