An encounter in Washington DC
In the news now is the story of a series of videos being released by the Center for Medical Progress that show Planned Parenthood and one of its clients, StemExpress, implicated in the selling of fetal organs.
I am reminded of an encounter I had back in January 2012. I was in Washington DC and on my way to cover the annual March for Life, a pro-life demonstration. As I walked from the campus of Catholic University towards the metro, I met a group of pro-choice counter-protesters.
I got into conversation with one woman. As she talked with me, she had a vibe of frenetic energy about her. She giggled as she took as small t-shirt that read "I had an abortion" from her backpack and stretched it over her winter jacket.
She told me that she had an abortion ""26 years ago - best thing I ever did!" I asked her if she knew whether she lost a son or a daughter and she said, "Damn, I don't know, it was 40 days of gestation!"
I was amazed that she could recount that level of detail. I asked her if I could take her picture. She agreed and suddenly struck this pose.
I thanked her and walked away a short distance. I stopped and looked back. A woman with a pro-life group was handing her a pamphlet. She went to the other pro-choice students and waved the pamphlet, asking, "Does anyone want this crap that lady gave me?" When they said no, I expected her to throw it in the trash bin right there.
But she placed it in her pocket.
Abortion. It stays with you, in one way or another.