All day pro-life event held over major highways in two states
Drivers were greeted with signs about abortion throughout the day Tuesday as pro-lifers held their dusk to dawn outreach over two major interstates in two states.
In Waco, Texas messages calling for the closing of “Planned Parenthood” and reading “Abortion is not okay” were stationed over the I35 overpass near Baylor University.
Organizer John Pisciotta called the event, which began at 7am and continued until 7:00pm very successful.
Pisciotta is the director of Pro-life Waco and has been holding these outreaches monthly since the January anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Tuesday’s outreach was the first time the group held an event from “dusk to dawn,” spreading the pro-life message to an estimated 100,000 commuters throughout the day.
People near the busy highway took to twitter to express their views of the outreach. What appeared to be a student tweeted,”I wish the anti abortion protesters would take down the honk if you agree sign over 35. Some of us have to study…”
While a supporter of the event who either worked or lived nearby wrote this:
“When there’s a sign outside ur window telling everyone on I-35 to honk if they’re against abortion 🙂 !!!! #blessed”
Meanwhile in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ProtestABQ held a similar event at an overpass over 125. ProtestABQ spokesperson Bud Shaver, said that, although he has done these outreaches before, he met resistance from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) after the group clipped their banners to the overpass.
Calling the banners “hazardous obstruction in the the right of way, interfering with traffic…” the New Mexico Department of Transportation removed the signs while New Mexico State Police looked on.
“Protest ABQ prevailed and refused to allow our peaceful, law abiding overpass protest to be shut down by the New Mexico DOT and New Mexico State Police,” Shaver stated.
Shaver said that at one point the City Engineer claimed that his banner stating #PlannedParenthood Sells Baby Parts,” was compromising the integrity of the bridge.
“When I appealed to NM State Police to protect my free speech rights the officer replied, “They don’t want your signs on their bridge,” Shaver stated.
Shaver reported that the outreach was permitted to continue as long as the activists held their pro-life signs.
“It is our hope that thousands will see the truth and have a change of heart as a result of our overpass protests,” Shaver said.
( Photo Credit: Pro-life Waco and Protest ABQ)