Below is my response to the call for the boycott and the responses for and, well, if not against, at least suggesting more moderate responses:
There were a great number of for and against posts on the Generator Coffee Shops facebook site, but I am sad to say, that other than the owner, who had very intelligent and compassionate things to say about her desire to courageously express her opinions about protecting unborn children, most posts supporting her desire to protest legal abortion (by wearing red duct tape over her mouth and a red band on her arm) looked like super fundamentalist gibberish that is at the heart of the causes of the problem to begin with. Those are the same people that refuse to allow serious public discussion of and eduction about contraception or even about being responsible adults in any way after the unwanted pregnancy occurs. Any topic other than abstinence (...yea, like that's gonna happen 100% of the time for all teens in this or any country!) is strictly taboo and somehow they see any rationale discussion of options as profane. I am sorry to see it come to this. Many kind hearted souls with appropriate and healthy concerns for a child, unborn or otherwise, rightly believe they should speak about their feelings, but think that their distorted political presentation of the issues is the only solution or even any sort of effective solution. Just like with drunk driving, legislation has a very limited effect on what people are foolish enough to do. Illegalizing abortion may well have caused more death and tragedy than it stopped. The only thing that will be likely to make a real impact on the number and severity of all the tragedies that occur in an around any unwanted pregnancy, is to fully educate and heavily encourage socially responsible and "pro-life" actions before the unwanted pregnancy occurs by either avoiding the sex (essentially a hopeless idea and ridiculous to consider any solution) or teaching people how to be more responsible when they give in to desire by using effective contraception and making responsible decisions to avoid any child being engendered in the first place in an unwanted situation. Unfortunately the idea of teaching and encouraging safe sex, to prevent the situation occurring is strongly resisted by the same people that want to illegalize the only alternatives left available after the fact. In other words, it seems that many "pro-life" politicians and advocates actually help create the tragedy that leads to abortions in the first place which is clearly not a very "pro-life" thing to do. I assure you as a psychological counselor and as a social worker that whatever decision a young girl (often barely a ten in the DFW area) makes regarding an unwanted pregnancy, the outcomes are almost all tragic with some degree of lifelong scars. In many cases the children are also left in situations that may actually be a fate worse than death. I treat the abused children that find themselves in these situations, even the ones abused in some of the not so wonderful foster homes. As such, my soapbox is not to question your right speak your mind about this, but rather to suggest that "blessed are the peacemakers" can also apply to this situation where it would be far more effective to treat any young men that show a total disregard for the fate of their lover or their child as the predatory psychopath they prove themselves to be, and to insist that the young girls recognize this and act accordingly. Until that happens, "pro-life" is just a phrase and does not actually accomplish what you most desire, which is the kind hearted and very appropriate desire to protect an unborn child. I support your intent whole heartedly, but do not like having it pushed as a political agenda only, because the package that normally comes along with it insists we do little or nothing to stop the tragedy of unwanted pregnancies occurring, then give politicians the power to play doctor and psychologist after the fact when they know little or nothing about what they are doing in this area. That is why this is so controversial to begin with. I think it unlikely there are many "anti-life" people that ever come to your shop, so we all want the same thing, but differ only on whether or not we believe politicians can legislate the problem away.ion for reckless sexual "trophy hunting" in high schools and junior highs.