By Chris Magee
I saw the press release earlier in the week that there was an abortion protest planned for Naperville, but other than realizing we'd be doing a story on it, I didn't think much of it.
That is, until Saturday when I was driving down Ogden to Jewel to pick up some milk. Traffic was heavy and as usual backed up at the lights, so there was a lot of time to look around. On the side of the road next to Naperville North, I notice a sign warning of graphic abortion images ahead.
Now, I suppose if you have young kids in the car that sign might give you time to tell them to avert their eyes, but it's not like you can take another route, because Ogden is the main road through the north side of town, and since my destination was at the intersection of Ogden and Washington - where the protest was centered - there would be no avoiding it.
The kids are why this protest bothers me. I am an adult and I can handle reality. Those protesters were set up in front of the grocery store, a place families are likely to be taking their young kids. Thekids are going to see that and they won't know what it is or why it's there and then the parents are stuck having to deal with a very uncomfortable situation they weren't prepared for. And the kids will never understand a complicated issue like this anyway.
And I'm pro-life, so if I don't approve I can only imagine how the pro-choice people feel about this. Regular readers of this blog will have learned how sometimes the message can get lost in the tactics of the messenger. Someone has a decent point, but their tactics and the way they go about the debate turns people off.
That's what happens with a protest like this. Instead of a conversation about abortion, the conversation is going to be about "you're scaring my kids." That's not helping the cause these protesters represent.