From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. today a grassroots pro-choice demonstration, organized online and by word of mouth, took place on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn in downtown Warrensburg. Over 100 individuals participated. There was a constant law enforcement presence. Most passing traffic signaled their support by honking their car horns. A few anti-choice individuals shouted what appeared to be unintelligible talking points which were usually meet with sharp retorts.
This was a much younger crowd and mostly female. They are awake and motivated. It would be a big mistake to ignore or discount their activism.
They were fearless.
Several large trucks trolled the demonstration with drive-bys. One truck, with a barely readable sign (“abortion is murder”) and a defaced American flag trailing from its bed made several passes over the course of the demonstration. The occupants were greeted with jeers and shouts about compensation.
Two anti-choice counter-protesters across the street were met with a constant stream of heckling.
Observing from across the street:
After pro-choice demonstrators took over the northeast corner the two anti-choice protesters, one with an unreadable sign (“baby lives matter” – come on, can’t they think of anything else?), crossed to the southeast corner to stand next to the police. Two pro-choice protestors crossed to the same corner. A police officer tried to move them back across the street. They refused to move (it’s a public sidewalk) and the main body of pro-choice demonstrators on the courthouse sidewalk jeered and shouted from across the street. The police officer eventually relented.
After 6:00 p.m. the remaining demonstrators marched down the sidewalk toward the University of Central Missouri campus.
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