For the third time, a small counter-demonstration has accompanied the monthly pro-life witness in Oxford. This time they managed to gather I think six people. There were about 55 of us, and a few more with the Blessed Sacrament in the church.
The witness has been going since 2007 without any trouble. We pray the Rosary, nearly always led by a priest. The location is outside the Catholic parish church of St Anthony of Padua, by the entrance to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Not by the hospital door - by the road which leads to the hospital. The 'JR' is the only place in Oxford where abortions take place. The witness happens on a Saturday afternoon, when, in fact, no abortions take place.
And we have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the church, and have Benediction at the end.
The pro-abortionists are not primarily interested in getting their own message across, but of hiding our placards and stopping us praying, with a music player, a whistle, and by banging a spoon on a tin tea-pot lid. In all this they are almost comically unsuccessful, and I felt rather sorry for the not-very waterproof looking protesters as the rain turned into hail.