[Today's post by Rebecca Downs is part of our paid blogging program.]
Texas Governor Rick Perry just signed the state's pro-life omnibus bill into law last week. In his statements he said he'd "like to thank everyone involved in making today's signing a possibility, including... everyone who stood for life throughout this process." The pro-lifers who maintained a peaceful presence certainly deserve recognition and thanks from the governor. What they had to contend with in the form of angry pro-aborts could not have been easy.
Many pro-abortion advocates at the Capitol were photographed holding offensive and obscene signs. A young girl even held a sign that said "If I Wanted the Government in my Womb, I'd F*** a Senator!" Others also took on a religious tone, to attack the Christian faith. Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America compiled a list of several of the signs she saw while there. One includes a teen girl with a sign that said "Jesus Isn't a D***, Keep Him Out of My Vagina." Another sign clearly shows the assumption about the reasoning behind being pro-life and pro-life laws, which read "America is NOT a theocracy. Your religion is NOT what decides law. If you want theocracy, move to Iran." A few there attempted to drown out pro-lifers in song with chants of "Hail Satan!" and there were also separate instances where pro-abortion advocates shouted of "F*** the Church!"
The pro-lifers at the Capitol did engage in prayer and singing hymns such as "Amazing Grace," which is what prompted the chants of "Hail Satan!" Pro-lifers singing "God Bless America" were also drowned out with booing. It would seem that many of the pro-lifers present were religious persons. However, that does not mean that all were and even if they were, that does not mean they were there purely for religious reasons. Further, the religious preferences of those at the Texas Capitol do not represent those of all pro-lifers.
For those who carried such signs, they themselves were only further contributing to the problem of making abortion a religious issue. Religion need have nothing to do with a debate based on science and our inalienable rights. When pro-lifers bring religion into this debate, that speaks specifically to personal preferences. The pro-abortion response-- attacking those personal preferences-- is hardly surprising. It's also unsurprising that in doing so, they painted the entire pro-life movement with one brush.