Last time I was surprised by how calm and non-crazy the protesters were. No yelling -- well, except for one guy we called "The Angry Man." He was much more aggressive than the others. He kind of shoved me, though in retrospect I think it was an accident. Because when it happened I turned around and glared at him with my hands on my hips (hard for someone my size to appear menacing but I did my best) and he backed off. I think he was just trying to intimidate me by looming over me, and didn't realize how close he was. Later on he started yelling at one of the other escorts. We aren't supposed to respond to them so she just stood there while he went on a tirade that went on and on. She's tough and she didn't look scared, more like pissed off that she couldn't respond. I pulled out my phone and took his picture, and to my surprise when he saw me he stopped yelling. I was worried it might make him angrier, but felt like I had to do it because if anyone was going to cause trouble it was going to be him. And I didn't want to wait until after it happened to get his photo.
Anyway except for the Angry Man the antis were surprisingly calm last time. They mostly just stood across the street and prayed at us. Of course they tried to talk to the clients but didn't say hurtful things to them, just tried to give them leaflets. One of them even pleasantly waved goodbye to me when I left! I'm hoping this time around will be equally low-stress. Though the recent targeting of Planned Parenthood might bring the crazies out this time.
So I'm volunteering to escort every weekend during 40 Days for Life. Except for one weekend when I already have a commitment. I realized yesterday that in March/April my Saturdays are going to be: abortion clinic, abortion clinic, abortion clinic, baby shower, abortion clinic. I better not get confused about where I am! That could get awkward.