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Sr. Donna Quinn, “peacekeeper”

“As a peacekeeper, my goal is to enable women to enter a reproductive health clinic in dignity and without fear of being physically assaulted. … I am very worried that the publicity around my presence will lead to violations of every woman’s right to privacy and expose them to further violence.” 

— Sr. Donna Quinn, explaining her decision to stop volunteering as an abortion clinic escort. 
You can read another account, which paints a different picture, right here.
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Reaganite in NYC

posted November 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Perhaps the most generous thing one can say about this woman is that she is a very, very confused person.
For someone who calls herself a “peacekeeper” one winces at her assault on truth and the purity of language, especially her reference to an abortuary as a “reproductive health clinic.” Her world is an “upside-down” world.
Pray for her, and blessings on the journalists who exposed her behavior.

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posted November 6, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Oh no. No one ever reaches out to grab patients trying to get into clinics. No one ever tries to force himself into patients’ cars. No one ever tries to block women from exercising their free right to go into a doctor’s office. No one ever takes photographs of women walking into a clinic. Can’t imagine where anyone would ever get that idea…
WAKE UP. When you wild-eyed crusaders quit harassing people outside of doctor’s offices, we escorts will take off our vests and go home. And not a moment sooner.

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posted November 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I hope the people accused by Ms. Quinn sue her and her order. Her PUBLIC statements are slander and she cannot prove her PUBLIC accusations. Any order that harbored this sort of killer – and that’s what she is, an accomplice to who knows how many murders – shouldn’t be allowed to survive. They’ve known for 30 years what her views were and only took action when she was exposed in the media. Too little too late. We are talking about the most gruesome, heinous, merciless sort of killing here, folks, not a little disagreement over some discipline.

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Steve P

posted November 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

“The decision to go to an abortion clinic is the hardest decision that any women can ever face in her life.” [sic] [from a comment on the Louisville news story offered by Janine]
I’m afraid that simply isn’t true. While it may seem difficult, it is still looked upon as some sort of “solution” to a “problem”. Something to be gotten over with and “put behind us”. What does that say about what we value?
A far more difficult and courageous decision is to offer a child for adoption, or to CHOOSE to bring a child into the world. To CHOOSE love. Because love is a decision, not a feeling or an emotion. To CHOOSE to care for a screaming baby in the middle of the night, or to do without something in order to provide for a child, is difficult. But it is also one of the most rewarding sacrifices a person can make.
And with a resource center right across the street, there is obviously help available from genuinely caring people (not just “self-righteous mobs” and “wild-eyed crusaders”). I am sad for the misguided people who enable these murders.

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ron chandonia

posted November 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm

But, of course, the idea that radical feminism has infested some of our religious orders and necessitated an apostolic visitation is a fantasy concocted in the old boys’ club at the Vatican. Or so I read on Commonweal or NCR or America.

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posted March 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

посуточно без посредников Петербург – Снять квартиру на сутки в Петербурге , and also – Аренда комнату в Петербурге

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