The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Rod Murphy's nephew takes on pro-ab. forces in Paris
Rod's nephew, Niall, has lived in France his entire life except for the summer he spent with his uncle Rod and Aunt Jean when he was 15. That happened to be the summer we closed down Bill Baird's mill. Niall accompanied Rod to the pickets, and meetings at the Dept. of Public Health.
Inspired by Rod's example and his book, Stopping Abortions at Death's Door, Niall... but let him tell you in his own words (these are the emails which he sent Rod)...
Hi, Rod, How is everything? I've done my first sidewalk counseling. But it's French sidewalk counseling... It was yesterday in front of a hospital that just opened an abortion department in Paris. We've declared the demonstration to the police one month ago, so everyhting was legal. When I arrived with my car, I saw the group between 150 and 200 people already there, and therefore was happy of that success. When I got closer, and in order to park my car nearby, I realized it was not my group, it was a group of feminist, leftist, gay, and lesbian!!!! There was the riot police in position to stop them. Finally I saw my group, they were approximately 15. Mostly women between 60 and 80 years old, one priest, two 20 years old students. When I got to them, they were praying for the aborted babies occurring in the hopspital, but also for their lives because the opposing group was now marching toward us. The anti riot police came between us and them, and advised us to hide behind their truck. The opposing group was now throwing eggs and other stuff at us. One small group of leftists succeeded to go through the police, and jumped on the guy in our group who was holding our flag. They broke the flag and his glasses. We stayed there one hour and a half and the police escorted us to the subway. It was just prayer. Because of the leftists we couldn't talk to anybody. http://www.armandborlant.fr/blog/?p=1604
I'm happy for that experience, and for the first time in my life, concerning the matter of abortion, I've been able to see clearly where the real violence came from. The next step is to find a way to contact these women in distress without ourselves being attacked...
Big kiss to you and Jean,
You say " don't give up. Keep it up". Thanks for your encouraging words.
God has hired me to do a job, it's the job of a lifetime. How could I want to quit ?
I know it's going to be hard, but I also know it's going to be a fantastic adventure...so of course, I continue !
Meanwhile, in spite of the buffer zone, etc, 40 DAYS FOR LIFE and so many other efforts continue in peace in this country. God bless Niall, his group, and all of you who pray and counsel! Thank you, Anne