You may think that abortion is an abomination, or you might think that the Bible has no place near your vagina, but you canâ€™t argue that there wasnâ€™t something encouraging about seeing both sides of the abortion debate represented on Saturday in our sleepy little town.
After all, for better or worse, protesters are a common sight outside of Planned Parenthood near the intersection of Elizabeth and Shields streets. And usually, these protesters are fervently pro-life.
That all changed this weekend, when for the first time in our recent memory, the generally older people protesting abortion were joined by a vibrant, younger crowd of college students offering up a counter-protest.
Regardless of where you stand when it comes to this divisive issue, itâ€™s hard to argue that it isnâ€™t fantastic to see both sides of the issue represented, especially since the pro-life folks seem to perpetually be more vocal, especially in front of our local Planned Parenthood.
And itâ€™s even better to see some of our own peers trying to make their voices heard, rather than watching protests dominated by older, hyper-conservative folks who donâ€™t even live in Fort Collins.
Seeing both sides of the debate standing on Shields on Saturday morning, rather than simply one side, actually made it look like there was a conversation taking place and â€” shockingly enough â€” made the whole thing seem a bit more tolerable.
It actually started conversations, and for once, those conversations actually involved both sides of the debate.
We can only hope that seeing some pro-choice representation isnâ€™t a one-time deal.