Thursday, April 29, 2021

"In all cases, he is invited"

The Guardian wrote about small American towns passing ordinances against all abortion:

The towns and their leaders differ, but there is one constant: [visits from a] traveling preacher

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“I don’t have an abortion story, I’m a 35-year-old virgin. But I’ve seen the impacts of suicide and the throwing away of life in general,” [he] said. “That’s why I’m so passionate about the subject of abortion.”

[He] has crisscrossed the south over the last year of the pandemic in a 2008 Ford F-150, hoping to spread the ordinances beyond Texas. In all cases, he is invited, and only shows up when there is significant support.

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Widespread attention propelled the ordinances forward as conservative media began to cover [his] successes. It also gained him the monied backing