“This year we have an organised opposition to our prayer vigils,” said Paul in Sydney. “They call themselves 40 Days for Annoying Anti-Choicers. They have some interesting ideas, to say the least.”
This group even has its own Facebook page. “Every year, these jerks coordinate globally to picket womens’ health clinics and harass women on the street,” reads one Facebook post, which ridicules the idea of praying to end abortion. “Given how archaic these views are, they’re beyond sad – they’re funny. So we’re going to make fun of them.”
Occasionally, a few will show up outside the vigil location with signs. One has an arrow that points to vigil participants with the message, “Weird hobby.” Another reads, “Pro-choice, pro-unicorns.” And there was “40 Days for Life – harassing women outside abortion clinics since 2007.”
Someone painted “Surry Hills is pro-choice” on the pavement outside the vigil location. Surry Hills is the section of Sydney where the vigil takes place. Volunteers tried to remove the paint, but it was a tough job.
“All they have is graffiti and screaming,” one volunteer said in regard to the pro-abortion group. “Pray for their conversion! They are running out of ideas.”