At around 1:45 in the morning of October 22, 2009, a friend and I were keeping vigil outside of the Morgentaler Abortion Mill in downtown Ottawa. So far we had seen a few groups of people heading back home from the bars along Sparks St. After turning the corner, one particular group of intoxicated young adults, comprised of 2 guys and 2 girls around the age of 20, noticed us from across the street. Upon seeing us, one of the girls began yelling at us from the other side of the street and walked across. At first, she looked at the signs hanging up, saying “I can’t believe this.” and “Are you kidding me?”. We tried to talk with her but she quickly began throwing supplies on the ground and ripping the signs. At this point we asked her to leave and return the materials. One of the guys in the group had joined her by this point and he made similar comments and claimed that a good friend of his had undergone an abortion two weeks prior, to which I responded “I am sorry to hear that”.During this time my friend and I were trying to pick things up and recollect the destroyed material. The girl, who had collected a number of signs already, came up to me and ripped off the sign I had around my neck. I attempted to take back the signs she had grabbed but she kept hold of them. Meanwhile, the guy was grabbing for the posters my friend had taken, so I placed myself between them telling him not to touch her. He continued to yell at me as I asked him to leave and said that I would need to call the police if they didn’t. I had pulled out my phone and was being connected to 911 when he punched me in my mouth knocking the phone out of my hand and dislocating one of my front teeth.
After the punch, the other guy who had been standing with the other lady about 25 meters away came up to intervene, which I thought meant pulling his friend away. Instead the other guy joined in the verbal bashing as my friend called 911 on her cell phone. They realized they needed to get going, so as a parting gift, the same man who punched me the first time repeated the gesture with a blow above my right eye. The group departed carrying armfuls of posters, umbrellas, and other material which they dropped on the ground after rounding the corner of Queen and Bank.
A police car showed up soon after, quickly followed by an ambulance. I relayed my account of the events to the police officer and was then seen to by the paramedics in the ambulance. After about 20 minutes the ambulance and police officer left the scene and we finished the remaining half hour of our vigil accompanied by the gentleman who would be continuing after us.
I have written this down and it has been confirmed by my friend so that you may know what happened that night. It is disappointing that what should be conducted as polite dialogue is at times reduced to the level of violence and profanity. Questions surrounding the right to life issue were clearly sensitive to this group considering the recent traumatic events in their friend’s life. Compounded with the effects of the alcohol, it is little surprise that they did things they may have otherwise avoided in a more stable emotional state.
More than anything the proper response to these confused individuals should not be out of anger or disgust but founded on forgiveness and a desire for the conversion of their hearts. Please keep them in your prayers along with their friend and her child who was recently aborted. (Source)
I wonder if the Catholic Bishops of this country ever clue in to the fact that they are indirectly responsible for this kind of violence? Supporting pro-abort groups in the Global South creates a culture of death which eventually creates an environment of violence that is later inflicted on faithful Catholics. What is the response of the Catholic bishops of this country to financing pro-abort groups in their own name? Create an ad hoc committee to study the issue.