Life is full of tough choices, you guys. Like, say you’re a guy who has decided to spend several months of your life protesting abortion in front of a Planned Parenthood that does not actually perform abortions, and some sassy young broad, going in for a pap smear or whatever it is the wanton sluts are getting these days, goes and kicks your sign. What do you do? Well, if you respect the sanctity of the life of your sign, you push that tart right down to the ground. And what if the little hussy then goes and gets her dad who punches you in the face for throwing his daughter to the ground? Welp. You’d probably stab him seven times, wouldn’t you? Because you, dear Sir, respect the sanctity of life and are totally Christ-like in all that you do.
(This image may not actually *be* Christopher Tolhurst, but it’s what came up in a Google Image Search, and I’m just kind of hoping it is. Because forehead doodle.)
And that is exactly what Christopher Tolhurst of Grant’s Pass, OR did yesterday. Because he is pro-life, which is why he always carries a knife with him to do his protesting. Now, sure, he did get punched in the face a bunch of times, so it was sort of self defense—but really, if you push a girl down to the ground, you’re probably going to end up with a really pissed off Dad. And also, you know, punching is one thing, stabbing is kind of another. I’m not defending what the father did—he had enough time, I imagine, to come up with something smarter and less likely to invoke a stabbing, like call the cops, which would also probably have helped the clinic get a restraining order on the guy. Neither of these men are really altogether in the right.
My issue here, though, is the fact that he was protesting outside a women’s clinic that doesn’t even provide abortions, and the fact that he pushed the girl in the first place. Has it gone so far that we now need escorts to protect us from harm when we’re only trying to get a check-up? Are they really that crazy or can they just not read? What’s next? Do I need a body guard to help me get into the dentist next time I need a root canal? Can’t we have anything nice?
The fact is, it should not be entirely up to the clinics to protect these women. These anti-choicers have proven time and time again that many of them have a violent streak—from this kind of stuff to straight-up murder. If you can hire a cop to bash me in the tits with a billy club while I’m singing “We Shall Overcome” at a School of The Americas protest, I’m sure you can maybe get one to walk a beat somewhere near these clinics to make sure that people are not being assaulted.