November is the month the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative addresses pro-life workers.
Being on the front-lines myself, I can attest to the ridicule as well as intimidation. I can also attest to delayed emotion after a vigil or rally. I cannot count the times I've been sworn at, flipped off and accused of trying to humiliate and bully young women as they approach clinics. My response is always the same, I smile and wave at the passing cars, and if confronted one-on-one by someone with a calm demeanor, I quietly listen to what he/she has to say. Then I look him/her straight in the eye and calmly ask if they would be willing to listen to me or at least take an informational brochure. Most walk away immediately, or they will listen until something I say probably hits close to home, then say something like, “that’s not true,” then storm off. There are times I've been approached with so much hate and anger, it’s fruitless to even engage in dialogue. Those times I just smile and walk away. Paid pro-choicers greeted us at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. with bloodied crotches and loud, disgusting chants in an attempt to drown out our Silent No More testimonies (to no avail).