Letter From the Zone #2 is my weekly reflection after praying outside our local abortion centre.
As you may be aware, although Tasmania recently decriminalised abortion and created exclusion zones around abortion providers, the police have given their permission for peaceful protests to take place within the zone.
This time was harder than my previous session.
I’ve read about pro-life activists being plagued by temptations and this time it was my turn.
The negative thoughts came thick and fast:
“Praying in public is just an act of pride.”
“Your activism is hurting other pro-life efforts.”
“No one else thinks this is necessary - so why do you?”
“You will make people think that Catholics are religious nuts, or like Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
But as I started to pray the Rosary, these thoughts faded into the background. Chris and I pray separately; he paces and I stay planted in my spot. We both pray for the mothers, for the babies, for the abortion doctors and workers, for those who share the evil building with an abortion mill.
I asked myself how abortion ever come to be acceptable in this civilised nation.
I prayed for that society which believes it is best served by solving the problem of an unwanted pregnancy through the murder of children.
I looked at the grim entrance to the abortion centre and reflected on the emotions which must be present as a woman walks through there - apprehension, anxiety, perhaps terror - but never peace, never joy.
When she leaves, she perhaps feels relief - the ‘problem’ is gone.
But that relief is short-lived.
Regret will eventually come to inhabit that space.
Chris and I will be there again next Tuesday from 2pm. Anyone who loves life is welcome to join us.