Worth reading not just for the assault, which is minor, but because it's a really human portrait of what it's like to decide to have an abortion and to go through with it.
eyelid - What I Did Last Weekend
And frankly, after the twin pregnancy, I'm tired of being pregnant. That really wrecked me. Right now, at least, pregnancy doesn't feel magical. It feels difficult and exhausting. I just stopped nursing. I want my body back for awhile.
So I went down to a local clinic this weekend to get an abortion. I knew there would be protestors, so I had to think of what would be the most amusing way to deal with them. I decided to print copies of Flying Spaghetti Monster proselytizing pamphlets to hand out to them. Spreading the good news. They should have thanked me. Instead, they got mad.
Specifically, I parked around the corner on the street instead of in the parking ramp, so the escorts didn't see me. Also, despite the fact that I was wearing pajamas, I didn't look scared or like I was looking for something, which further threw off the escorts. The protestor lady, however, was all over me. She was this older woman in a black skirt and sensible sneakers and sunglasses, with a big messenger bag full of paraphenalia. She told me they were there to help women like me, etc., and offered me their pamphlet. I took it, thanked her, and said I also had something for her. I handed her a FSM pamphlet and turned to walk away.
She was pretty surprised. I don't think anyone had ever handed HER a pamphlet before.
Once she realized what it was, she got super pissed, which I don't think was fair at all. First, my pamphlet was way more entertaining than hers, and second, she hands out pamphlets all day, so it is very hypocritical of her to be angry about receiving a pamphlet, IMO.
Anyway, she started yelling angrily at me to take it back, she didn't want my crap, etc., which, again, I felt was quite hypocritical. Also not at all in keeping with her kindly helpful lady persona. I turned to her and said, "Well, I don't need your materials either," and handed her paraphenalia back to her. I didn't take mine back though, just turned around and started walking away, because it is about time someone stuck her with an unwanted pamphlet, IMO. She continued to yell at me about it, but I just said "no no, it's ok, you keep it," and kept walking. Apparently that wasn't ok with her, because then she grabbed my arm and then my bag, trying to stuff the pamphlet back in it.
It is not ok to grab people or their possessions without permission. It is called assault and battery.
I just shook her off and kept walking, but I admit I was startled and unsettled. Once I went from the sidewalk to the entrance of the building the presence of the escorts reminded her that she couldn't follow. She was yelling angry, abusive things about Jesus and evil and how I would answer for my sins etc., which did not do much to convince me that she was concerned about helping me. I think yelling at me did distract her from bothering another woman who was walking in at the same time.