Prayer, peaceful witness, and “a bigger plan” (+ an event tomorrow)

A “Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Forum” is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 14, at the Teamsters Hall in Manchester. New Hampshire Right to Life, according to its own blog and Facebook page, is going to be out front with a prayer rally at 9 a.m. From the Facebook post: “We will be carrying our ‘Planned Parenthood Sells Baby Parts’ banner. Bring any pro-life signs you would like to carry. We will have extra signs to share.”

Photo courtesy of Kurt Wuelper
Photo courtesy of Kurt Wuelper

Another public pro-life prayer rally and demonstration was held by Seacoast-area residents earlier this week outside a banquet hall in Portsmouth where the Joan Lovering Center was holding an event – the Lovering Center being a Seacoast abortion facility, sometime site of 40 Days for Life campaigns, and recipient of public funds (thanks to four Executive Councilors – all but David Wheeler). The Center sends out an occasional email newsletter, and one of the recipients recently forwarded me the latest one. I found this excerpt written by the Executive Director particularly interesting:

…this has been a trying time. Not only abortion services, but family planning is being attacked. Planned Parenthood is at the center of the hubbub, but I assure you it is having an impact on all providers. If the extreme right should succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood, they will come after the independent providers next and then the doctors who provide family planning and/or abortion services. Their current viciousness is just one step in a bigger plan to get women out of the workforce, out of athletics, out of government service and back into the kitchen and the nursery, not to be seen or heard from again.

That’s what’s known among educated people as a straw-man argument.

This is a recipient of state contracts who makes no distinction between violence and nonviolence, apparently equating resistance to public funding with “com[ing] after…doctors.” Peaceful resistance is the antithesis of violence, not a gateway to it. Anyone who commits violence, including vandalism, is trying to undermine and discredit peaceful witness.

This brings me back to NHRTL’s planned prayer rally at the PPNNE event. The president of NHRTL, Jane Cormier, is an acquaintance of mine. Yes, she wants to let taxpayers divest from the abortion industry. Ms. Cormier is a vocal coach, opera singer, opera manager, nonprofit founder and director, and former elected official. All by herself, she debunks the conspiracy theory that there’s “a bigger plan to get women out of the workforce, out of athletics, out of government service and back into the kitchen and the nursery, not to be seen or heard from again.”

I suspect a number of women will be involved in this weekend’s prayer rally. The chance of them not being seen or heard from again is zero.