This past weekend, A Preferred Women’s Health Center located in Charlotte, North Carolina, was the site of the “Men for Life” prayer walk, an anti-abortion parade organized by Love Life Charlotte. The group, whose membership comprises a collection of local Christian churches, holds fast to their mission statement to “bring an end to abortion in Charlotte in 2017” through an approach that many would find counter-intuitive. Despite the fact that Roe v. Wade gave women the federal right to seek a safe, legal, abortion, Love Life Charlotte believes abortion is really “a man’s issue.”
“The truth is, this is more a man’s issue than a woman’s issue,” declared LLC’s founder Justin Reeder in a video advertisement for prayer walk, “Yes, one out of three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, but it’s also one out of three men. We forget about the men so often in this story.” Reeder — who believes that the root of the abortion problem lies with the men who are unwilling to take responsibility for their part in an unexpected pregnancy — led the parade of close to 600 people that included men, women, and children.
Beginning at 8:00am, LLC protesters sporting matching blue T-shirts, carrying signs and playing loud Christian music, gathered up the street from the clinic and made their way slowly to the center. Once they arrived, marchers joined in with regular protesters demonstrating in front of the clinic’s doors, sharing a communal microphone to shame clinic patients and employees.
“I’m at my wit’s end,” clinic administrator Calla Hales told The Huffington Post. As one of the busiest clinics in North Carolina, A Preferred Women’s Health Center is no stranger to protesters. Although tension between pro and anti-abortion groups has been mounting, the city seems to have little motivation to moderate.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.