The first full day of the 2003 Fact the Truth Tour was a roaring success. Seven bridges over the Kennedy Expressway in downtown Chicago were covered for an hour and a half, reaching approximately 36,000 people. That’s 100 cars going north and 100 cars going south per minute, for 90 minutes or 18,000 cars in all, and with an average of two people per car we have a total of about 36,000 people seeing one of the signs in the first stop.
Thousands of Chicagoans Face the Truth
About 40 pro-lifers attended this site with two of our counselors at the mill on Washington street where two babies were saved. Elsewhere our counselors had two more saves.
Our second stop was the Daley Plaza where fifty stalwarts completely surrounded the area for another hour-and-a-half. We received many signs of support and gratitude and some foul language and threats but we concluded over lunch that positive response outweighed negative two to one or even higher.
Comments like, “It’s about time someone did something about abortion,” and, “I never would have known that abortion was that bad if I hadn’t seen these pictures,” were typical statements. Many people could not believe abortion was legal past the first trimester.
Many Positive Reactions to Our Presence
At the first stop Mary Shine and Annie Scheidler counted 48 thumbs up from cars and 24 thumbs down. People asked what they could do to stop abortion. Quite a few people came up to tell their own abortion stories, stories of premature babies who had survived and brought them into the pro-life movement. Some people gave us money and wanted to buy us lunch.
At the Daley Plaza stop a few pro-aborts came out and held their round “Keep Abortion Legal” blue and white signs but as one policeman observed, “You have the pictures.” Another Chicago Policeman said it was a great boon to the pro-life movement when Norma McCorvey, who is the Roe of Roe v. Wade, became a Christian.
Our third stop at Madison Street and Wacker, next to the Civic Opera was spectacular and we stayed through evening rush hour from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. Halfway through that site we had passed out all of our literature and as the van drove up to load our signs we said a prayer of thanksgiving for the exhilaration we all felt at the end of a day doing what we firmly believe has to be done, show and tell the truth of abortion to the American People.
We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers
In tribute to the stalwarts who came from all over the area, and to Ron Brock who came all the way from San Diego, California to drive his truck around the areas we were attending, I quote these words from Henry V. Those who were out there today or who have even gone on a Truth Tour know exactly how they apply: Henry V the night before the Battle of Agincourt:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. Be he ne’re so vile, this day shall gentle his condition, for he who sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother. And gentlemen now abed in England will think themselves accursed, and hold their manhood cheap, while any speaks that fought with us upon St. Crispin’s Day.
Those who have been in the battle know the strange camaraderie that grows within the group, know the sense of achievement, know the reason for the battle and that human lives are saved because we fought upon St. Crispin’s Day. Which is, incidentally, just any day we go out to save babies. If you want to join us call our office for upcoming locations or check the online schedule.