1312 Ashley River Road Tampon Terrorists part one 02/Jan/09

any Saturday, 37 months now for me, 18 years for Ron, now we arrive about 6-ish, before the armed guard was first early, tomorrow it will be me, ready to unroll a orange plastic fence, find 5 white pipes in the ground for wood poles and hang up the barricade for freedom, oxymoronic? Not in the dark forebodings of zealotry repelled.

Sue will be brushing Max our cat & then pedal her Townie bike over wearing helmet strobe lights & flashing reds just blocks away. I have pulled a shopping cart like a side car, Harley like recumbent my steed, with my plastic girlfriend, our signs,our counter-photographs, our directors chairs, our airdrawn water bottles, our mints & cashews & sunglasses for later….

Ron used to park on the street, all the volunteers and staff would park along the grass of Fuseler Road, leaving no space for the tampon terrorists. Forcing them to retreat across the street another 10 yards from verbally abusive earshots. No more, the Mayor passed a special ordinance erecting 3 no parking signs just to provide space for priests & preachers & kneelers & placard threats & holocaust comparisons & stroller daddies & children to scream at all who would enter.

Now Ron will park alone at the corner by the windmill palm. Lift open his hatchback white ride & we protect other parkinglot users from those who would jump over the open sewer just to shove their magic papers, their bible verses & their claims that fertilized eggs are ‘babies", that an embryo is a “child” that a 7 week pregnancy is “children being murdered” and that "America’s Holocaust" equals “Hitler’s Holocaust” The orange fence can obscure signs held at shoulder height, but the screamers will raise their lies above their heads, desperate to change a choice made days if not weeks ago into joining their cults.

I stood my bike along the wall, awaiting the first nurse to open the door, gather the bag of vests for the volunteers, a tube of sunscreen, a few notes of instruction, forms to promise confidentiality, we will not disclose a name or intimate details of who has a legal right to be there. But we are free to describe in every detail the religious extremists who come most often. One 6 days per week, Tye Dye, back and forth for over an hour, singing ave maria, reciting rosaries, fumbling each bead, tromping dead the grass alongside the street for the last 2 years, he brings along his plastic girlfriend too, a Guadalupe representation of an alleged apparition, on a surfboard shaped plastic back, base an alleged baby god holding down the horns of Satan???

Are there alleged good gods, bad gods? Alleged angels or demons?

We call him “Bob.” He wears a carpenters apron, full of magic papers. A sign with John 3:16 with baby rattles & toys glued upon it. He shouts “have mercy, don’t kill your baby.” He prowls back and forth always in the driveway, never on the grass, shoving his papers into every open window of any car driven down the street, into our driveways, he rapps upon the closed windows, a disturbed picture of a 5’2" elf often with a bogey hat, shorts & odd socks, allegedly a Citadel graduate of 50 years ago.

So it is two against two. Ron & I, a nurse & the first early patient & companion driving from a great distance, it’s 6:44 a.m. The other enemy of women a convicted federal stalker. The federal judge refuses to enforce the long followed lifetime ban against this conspirator, all because the clinic was sold 4 years ago, though the order is now 10 years still in effect, why should new owners repeat the same legal process to protect the same nurses stalked, the same volunteers bumped & shoved, the same neighbors harrassed & awoken so early each Saturday.

I shall bring another report upon my next installment, read as I experience & recall.

1312 Ashley River Road Tampon Terrorists part one 02/Jan/09

Larry Carter Center

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