Maine restaurateur driven to take steps against nuisance ‘pro-lifers’
FED UP to the back teeth with caterwauling Christians harassing women outside an abortion clinic in Portland, Maine, local restaurateur Mike Fink has decided enough is enough, and has announced a counter-protest against the barmy banshees targeting the Planned Parenthood premises adjacent to his business.
Mike Fink. of Mike’s Restaurant, is reported here to be planning to stage his protest next Friday, on January 4.
Fink went so far as to place a newspaper advertisement saying:
Normally, we do not get involved in religious or political debate because it is a waste of time. However, these people have become a problem. These protesters bring their young children and use them to push their views and beliefs without any regard of local businesses or the long-term mental health of their own children.
Fink then issued an offer to those joining him in protesting the pro-life group:
Help us … by holding a sign or making a presence against these insane, stupid people, and get a free coffee and breakfast sandwich.
Christian News Network spoke with two of the women who “minister” outside Planned Parenthood in Portland, and learned that both of them are post-abortive mothers who state that they just want:
To reach out to other women who are where they once were.
One of those who pray, sing hymns and generally make complete idiots of themselves outside the clinic is Leslie Sneddon, a homeschooling mother of two, who had had four abortions.
Prior to my conversion as a born again Christian, I was pro-abortion. I was a feminist, and I was highly promiscuous. And with that sort of lifestyle, I ended up choosing death for four of my children.
Sneddon explained that her journey “from death to life” began twelve years ago during a religious service when she saw a man wearing a pin “with little feet on it”.
I was struck with terror, and I did not want to ask what was on the lapel of his jacket. I went home just completely undone. I couldn’t sleep. I tossed all night. I cried. I was likened to David soaking his pillow from repentance.
Another “pro-lifer” who regularly targets Planned Parenthood is Donna Hebert, who brings along her adopted 8-year-old son from Ethiopia. Two of her other children, ages 18 and 11, also accompany her during the “outreach”.
We pray, we sing hymns [and] when a woman goes in for an abortion, we plead with her.
Fink, who also owns Guitar Grave next to Planned Parenthood, wrote in his advertisement that the “pro-lifers” have:
Taken to yelling at women entering the Planned Parenthood office.
His ad labelled the protesters:
Rude, loud [and] self-righteous anti-abortion protesters [who] harass young women …
But Hebert and Sneddon say their “outreach” is being mischaracterised.
[We call out], ‘Please, there are other choices! You don’t have to do this! We can help you!
I am able to cry out and tell them that I regret my abortion. That’s what they consider ‘screaming’. We have a split second window to reach out to these women.
The women also stated that they have had “resistance” since they first began ministering six months ago, including a “cash mob” that was organized to raise money for Planned Parenthood. They are aware of Fink’s dislike of their “outreach”. Hebert complained:
One day, he opened up the door and purposefully played South Park [a cartoon on MTV] — an episode where it blasphemes God.
Meanwhile it is reported here that the city council is considering establishing a “buffer zone” to separate “pro-lifers” and those who support women using the services of the clinic.