The other option for Congressman Stupak is even more distasteful. Maybe he was playing games all along? We have seen that routine before when it comes to congressional Democrats and abortion funding in the Obama health care package. Remember the principled stand against abortion funding taken by Senator Ben Nelson? That stand led to the now famous Cornhusker Kickback. After securing his home state pork, it became clear that Senator Nelson was never really standing as much on principle as he was on politics.
About 75 people, from 4 months old to 85 years old, showed up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, to pray for an end to abortion.
Life Line was organized by Bradley University freshman Alexandria Reynolds. Though it was intended to be youth-centric, plenty of older folks showed up, too, to lend their support.
For a first-time event, it went off very well. Alexandria and her friends had prepared hand-painted signs with instructions on the back, including ideas for prayer.
Participants stood along War Memorial Drive, also known as U.S. Route 150 — probably the busiest street in Peoria — holding signs with such messages as “Better Off Alive” and “Yay for Kids.” Reynolds emphasized the positive nature of the event, which came one week after the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller but had been in the planning stages for months. It was an opportunity to show the peaceful nature of the pro-life movement.
Most drivers honked and waved their support. Only a few made some, uh, negative hand gestures.
A couple weeks ago, I blogged about an incident involving the twice weekly pro-life protest in front of the abortion clinic in Peoria, Ill. A woman stopped and angrily complained about a graphic photo being held by Sister Mary Jo Yutt. The woman was upset because her granddaughter had seen the photo and didn’t understand it.
Jill Stanek, the nurse who blew the whistle on abortion practices at a Chicago-area hospital several years back, blogs here about an even more drastic response to a display by pro-life students at the University of Calgary in Canada.