Big Pink Tank

11 Sep

The town in which I currently reside has been without a Crisis Pregnancy Center for several years.  I don’t know why the last one closed down. I would like to think it was because it never had any business, but my night job delivering babies tells me otherwise.  I imagine that the small, but obnoxious, anti-choice population just couldn’t divide their time equally between lying to women and girls in their fake women’s health clinic and yelling and threatening women entering the local Planned Parenthood.

During this past springs “40 days for life” protest, a doula friend and I acted as clinic escorts.  I wore makeup and had my hair down, thinking no one from the Catholic hospital where I work would recognize me. It worked for the most part.  But on my last day of escorting, I was recognized.  The husband of one of my coworkers was spending his morning harassing Planned Parenthood clients.  I tried to avoid making eye contact with him.  I didn’t want to deal with his zealotry.  He followed me to my car.  “How can someone who helps bring the miracle of life into this world aid in killing innocent babies?”  He pleaded with me.  “Back off dude” I replied.  “You of all people know how precious life is, how…”  I interrupted him.  “Dude, back off.  I don’t want to talk to you.  I don’t want to hear what you have to say.  You and your wife claim to care about women and their children. I’ve seen how your wife clicks her tongue in disgust when someone she deems unsavory comes in to deliver.” I got into my car and drove away.  His wife kept trying to talk to me at work.  I told her I wanted to keep my personal beliefs and personal life outside of my work life.  I told her to leave me alone.  I threatened to make a complaint of harassment in HR if she kept pestering me.

I found out that this husband and wife team is opening up a Crisis Pregnancy Center later this year.  They are purchasing a RV and will be driving around our county spreading the Gospel and dispensing the lies that CPCs are famous for.  The wife is going to be the sole medical person on the bus; they were not able to find an OB/GYN in town that will support their cause.

The whole idea of this CPC bus pisses me off.  I was fuming mad for several days.  Then I started to daydream.  What if I could get a big pink vehicle and follow the bus around?  I could fill it with condoms, dental dams and science-based sex and health information pamphlets.  I could use my mobile phone to help women make appointments at my local clinic!  Even better– what if I could get a big pink TANK?  I could offer rides to the clinic!  I’m pretty sure the antis would get out of the way if they saw me in a tank.  Then my daydream ends.  I can’t afford a tank. I don’t know how to drive a tank.  I know I need to find a more conventional way to fight this bus.  So I write a letter to the editor, while visions of pink tanks float around in my head.

7 Responses to “Big Pink Tank”

  1. placenta sandwich September 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh man, what an AWESOME idea. I would do that with you, seriously. (We have also been talking about how one might establish a “Women-on-Wheels” type operation [cribbing from Women on Waves and Women on Web, of course!] to bring abortion care to women in remote parts of the country. Pipe dreams?)

  2. Emily September 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Then just get a pink van. You can still fill a van with condoms and sexual health information and follow them around.

  3. Shayna September 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I LOVE this vision! I don’t think you should give up on it either – Even if it’s just you in your car with a megaphone, you will make a difference😀

  4. Not Guilty September 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    All that you need is somebody to sponsor this endeavour! The idea of following them around is an awesome one! Or heck, a travelling abortion clinic. If I win the lottery, I’ll buy you a big pink bus!

  5. Onni Milne September 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    I think this article is splendid. I totally agree with your sentiments. I have difficulty with the fanatical anti-choice mind fuck which gives them permission to deny others their right to make choices for their lives and futures. They are vehement about no abortion. Where are they when the children end up in jail or in gangs except to say we need more jails and heavier sentences. Where are they when the babies who are born need financial and emotional support to grow up as healthy human being contributing to our society.

  6. Amanda September 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    I would SO enjoy seeing a big pink glittery tank next time I went to escort. Maybe we can all chip in!

  7. Gina September 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I love the idea of a big pink tank, period, and the fact that it would be pro-choice and give women rides to health centers and give out condoms just makes it SO much better. I also felt compelled to tell you that I think you’re brave for taking the chance to be a clinic escort and then putting up with the resulting harassment at work. You rock.

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