A Note to Abortion Protestors
Unlike most of my readers, I am "pro-life" - an awful, misleading term, but nevertheless the closest one in the political lexicon to describing my position on abortion. I do not, however, consider myself to be a part of the current "pro-life movement". The hateful, vengeful, ideological message it sends about both its opponents and its own message does not represent me.
If you're reading this post on my blog as opposed to the imported version on Facebook, you'll see a video below of abortion protestors disrupting Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing. I have some questions I hope these protestors can answer: What did you do for your cause and our shared belief this week? In what way are the unborn children of our nation better off now than they were before you loudly interrupted the hearing? Is the public now aware of Judge Sotomayor's views in a way they weren't before? Were the slogans you screamed persuasive enough to change her mind, or the minds of anyone on the Senate panel or watching at home on television? Did you manage in your five seconds to make a more articulate point than any of the pro-life Senators questioning Judge Sotomayor? Because if not, I must ask, why did you do it?
A peaceful protest or march with signs and speeches can raise public awareness of an issue, but disorderly conduct never helps a cause. If anything, it is a counterproductive measure. The audience is going to look at you and think you're a rude buffoon, dismiss what you say since it's short slogans rather than in-depth arguments, and then reflect their negative view of you onto your cause, sending your movement BACKWARDS rather than forwards. A good rule of thumb for any form of advocacy is to alway ask: How is my cause going to be better off after I take this action than it was before? And if the answer is, it won't, then don't it. So to the abortion protestors at Sonia Sotomayor's hearings, to my fellow "pro-lifers," I say: your actions make you look like disrespectful jerks and do nothing for the infants you seek to protect. Please, learn some respect and stop poisoning our national discourse.