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Delusional Anti-Choice Protesters Terrorizing Women Outside Health Clinics Think They’re Being ‘Loving’

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pro life anti choice protesters sidewalk counselorsWhat’s the difference between the Occupy Wall Streeters who cluster on the street outside Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley, and anti-choicers who clog up the sidewalks around abortion clinics? The OWS crowd, of course, is comprised of ‘protesters’. But as Jezebel points out, anti-choice groups are now considered, by their own lofty evaluation as well as that of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and John Roberts, ‘counselors’.

What kind of person thinks they’re qualified to provide counseling without any training or psychology background? Apparently, the same kind of person who can’t stop talking about how much better life was in the past before birth control pills were available or women could work outside the home. Jill Filipovic of Cosmopolitan headed out to a Boston Planned Parenthood to find out more about these self-described ‘pro-life sidewalk counselors’, and just how well they embody the concept of cognitive dissonance.

The people Filipovic spoke to claim that they’re not out to harass anyone. They describe their actions as ‘loving’ and ‘caring’, and they insist that they’re out to help the women just as much as the fetuses! It’s just that they can’t actually describe having any interaction with those women beyond talking them out of an abortion: once the pregnant person leaves the Planned Parenthood premises, they might as well cease to exist as far as the counselors are concerned. And as far as the lack of harassment goes, of course they only have a few choice loving, caring things to say to patients:

“You should have nothing to do with this place, killing our babies. We can offer you real help with a problem pregnancy. It’s the ultimate child abuse center!”

And of course:

“Your baby doesn’t have to die today! You’re already a mother!”

The fact that the anti-choice crowd thinks hurling the words ‘murder’ and ‘child abuse’ at women across a parking lot is somehow equivalent to counseling them is only part one of a series of utterly deluded statements recorded by Filipovic. Many of them aren’t content to use their amazing counseling skills just to combat abortion, either – the birth control pill is another target of their wrath. Despite all scientific evidence and rational thought to the contrary, these people consider the Pill to be murder. Natural family planning, of course, is their tried-and-true alternative. “It does work though,” one woman tells Filipovic, before going on to mention that she wound up with nine children thanks to NFP. Oops. 60% of the time, it works every time!

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