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Should pro-lifers feel responsible for businesses negatively impacted by protests...
Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek

Posted on 06/29/2013 10:22:26 AM PDT by Morgana

FULL TITLE: Stanek wkend question: Should pro-lifers feel responsible for businesses negatively impacted by protests at nearby abortion clinics?

Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom of this post!

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In January Jivin J reported on pro-abortion Portland, Maine, businessman Mike Fink, who began sponsoring counterprotests and offering free food to abortion supporters who rallied against pro-lifers protesting in front of the Planned Parenthood next door to his restaurant.

But Fink has decided to throw in the towel. According to the Portland Daily Sun, May 6:

Mike Fink, pawnbroker, notary public and owner of Mike’s restaurant at 437 Congress St., and Guitar Grave pawn shop at 441 Congress St., Portland, announced Monday that he would not renew a lease for Mike’s Restaurant, blaming turmoil caused by protesters outside of a neighboring Planned Parenthood clinic.

“I’ve decided to close the restaurant and sell the equipment if I do not find a buyer. I have also lowered my asking price to $10,000, which is close to the value of the equipment and inventory. I am very close to giving up selling the restaurant because every time anyone sees the stupid anti-abortion protesters they decide to NOT consider this location,” Fink wrote in an email message.

More from TheForecaster.net, May 14:

Last winter Fink attracted widespread attention for staging what he called “anti-anti-abortion” rallies, in which he asked people to carry signs or honk car horns to show their opposition to the anti-abortion demonstrations.

More than 100 people, including dozens of protesters on both sides of the divisive abortion issue, showed up for the dueling demonstrations on Jan. 4. But after several more of the counter-protests, Fink said, “things just got worse.”

He eventually called off his protests.

image“The more I protested, the more people came, and the worse it got for clients (of Planned Parenthood) and my customers,” he said. “So I decided I needed to ignore the protesters. It’s like reverse psychology.”….

For another business on the block, Antoine’s Tailor Shop & Formal Wear at 435 Congress St., the protests are less of a problem.

“It hasn’t really affected us,” said Perry Perkins, assistant to the store owner, noting that his shop also opens at 10 a.m. “I can’t say that (the protesters) are really loud, and it’s been generally peaceful.”

However, Perkins – who lives in an apartment in the building – said that there are occasional problems, and that residents often leave by the building’s back door to avoid the protesters.

“A lot of us don’t like it,” he said. “I haven’t heard a positive thing.”

imagePerkins said he understands Fink’s frustration.

“When the protests started, the first thing I thought about was Mike’s, because that’s a food place and those pictures are disgusting,” he said. “I couldn’t eat my food if I had to look at that.”

What are your thoughts on collateral damage inflicted on businesses located near abortion clinics where pro-lifers are protesting?


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: abortion; clinic; prolife

1 posted on 06/29/2013 10:22:26 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

I think this is the wrong question. Should businesses think twice about locating next to abortion clinics is a better one.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 10:29:59 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Morgana

In January Jivin J reported on pro-abortion Portland, Maine, businessman Mike Fink, who began sponsoring counterprotests and offering free food to abortion supporters who rallied against pro-lifers protesting in front of the Planned Parenthood next door to his restaurant.

Why should the prolifers feel bad? This evil man deserves God’s curse.


3 posted on 06/29/2013 10:35:12 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Morgana

We have a consumer-driven marketplace. What a business markets results in profits or losses.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 10:44:20 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: Morgana
Pro-lifers do NOT feel responsible for anything.
All they care about is "having sex without responsibility, without concern".
Pro-lifers are VERY SELFISH.
They don't care who they hurt, or how many they hurt.
They WILL ACCOUNT to God one day, and that day IS coming!
5 posted on 06/29/2013 10:44:21 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Morgana

It’s hard to sympathize with someone who thinks every live birth is a failure.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 10:44:34 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Morgana

If I were looking to set up a business somewhere, I’d be glad of the warning that an abortion mill operates in the area. I wouldn’t want my business anywhere near that.

I can’t say I feel much sympathy for the pro-abort whose restaurant business is negatively impacted by its proximity to an abortion mill. He needs to recognize (but probably won’t) that whatever his personal feelings are, his callousness towards women and babies is a minority opinion.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 10:47:19 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Yosemitest

Um... did you mean “pro-aborts”?


8 posted on 06/29/2013 10:48:15 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom
Good phrase.
No, I was just using the "Headline Term".
"Pro-Death" is more accurate.
9 posted on 06/29/2013 10:54:46 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: stevem
"It’s hard to sympathize with" ... Satan!
Should every pro-abortionist consider their own birth a mistake, and abort themselves after birth?
That would solve the problem.
10 posted on 06/29/2013 10:57:29 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
Pro-lifers do NOT feel responsible for anything. All they care about is "having sex without responsibility, without concern". Pro-lifers are VERY SELFISH. They don't care who they hurt, or how many they hurt. They WILL ACCOUNT to God one day, and that day IS coming!

You are nuts!

It is those that support abortion that had best fear their ultimate meeting with Christ, Christ, who chose to come to earth as a speck in the womb of a young teen virgin.

11 posted on 06/29/2013 11:14:31 AM PDT by SilverMine (ever member of congress should be horse whipped)
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To: Morgana

It should be fair warning to businesses that if they lease, they must have an “escape clause” for a named list of businesses that if they lease nearby, could harm the first businesses franchise.

This could include quite a list: establishments that serve liquor or have live music performance, head shops, pawn shops, discount and charity stores, medical clinics of several types as well as “family planning” or abortion clinics, stores with significant amounts of paints, compressed gases, or volatile chemicals, etc.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 11:22:09 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Morgana

Nobody has forced those businesses to be near the abortion provider. I can think of it both ways: guilt by association or opportunity to distance yourself and capitalize on the protests.

Sorry, but sob stories on poor businesses that are “hurt” by freedom of speech means that those businesses are not capable of defending themselves from the market forces. The free market is darwinist by nature; either adapt and survive, or be extinct!


13 posted on 06/29/2013 11:30:50 AM PDT by sagar
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To: stars & stripes forever
We have a consumer-driven marketplace. What a business markets results in profits or losses.

Do we?

14 posted on 06/29/2013 11:35:09 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Morgana

There is an old house that used to house an infamous abortion clinic in our area. The abortionist died several years ago, but the house still stands. It’s in a commercial part of the area. Now an air conditioning shop is located in the house, and they new occupants know what used to go on there, but feel no problem operating out of this building. I don’t know how anyone with any sort of feelings at all could, in good conscience, run a business out of a place that killed so many babies for so many years.


15 posted on 06/29/2013 2:20:03 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: SilverMine
Just what do think I meant when I wrote (?) I think you misread me.
16 posted on 06/29/2013 3:07:49 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
This is what you wrote: Pro-lifers do NOT feel responsible for anything.
All they care about is "having sex without responsibility, without concern".
Pro-lifers are VERY SELFISH.
They don't care who they hurt, or how many they hurt.
They WILL ACCOUNT to God one day, and that day IS coming!

I stick by what I said, re read what you said. I think you might have meant pro-abortionist instead of pro-lifers.

17 posted on 06/29/2013 4:36:45 PM PDT by SilverMine (ever member of congress should be horse whipped)
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To: SilverMine
I agree. I meant pro-choice.
Sorry. my mistake.
I'm the one who misread. It should have read:
18 posted on 06/29/2013 5:08:31 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: murron

I wonder if it’s haunted?


19 posted on 06/29/2013 5:18:41 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Yosemitest; SilverMine

Yose I knew what you meant so I just didn’t say anything....


20 posted on 06/29/2013 5:19:30 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“Should businesses think twice about locating next to abortion clinics is a better one.”

Well there in lies a trick question. What if you where already there. For instance “Wright’s Barber Shop” when with out your knowledge Planned Parenthood opened up shop right next to you, basically over night, before you even had a chance to protest? It has happened. Lots of stories I’ve read Planned Parenthood has had to get creative to avoid zoning, other laws, Operation Rescue and other prolife groups to hurry up and get up and running. Basically dirty tricks that “Wright’s Barber Shop” could have never pulled.

But here is where you get creative unlike the moron in this story. You ask the pro lifers to kindly respect your customers since you are not planned parenthood. Then you offer them a discount day on haircuts if they cooperate, which I’m sure they will and generate business among the pro life community.


21 posted on 06/29/2013 5:27:11 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

Thanks for helping me correct MY mistake.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 5:33:01 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

It’s cool dude. I actually thought you just were not using the /sarc tag when you said that, but I knew what you meant. People on this site can be so sarcastic and I’m just used to it.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 5:36:51 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Yosemitest

Now, my new friend, we are in agreement. They will rue the day they meet Christ.


24 posted on 06/29/2013 5:39:02 PM PDT by SilverMine (ever member of congress should be horse whipped)
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To: Morgana
pro-abortion Portland, Maine, businessman Mike Fink, who began sponsoring counterprotests and offering free food to abortion supporters who rallied against pro-lifers protesting in front of the Planned Parenthood next door to his restaurant.

Poor wittle feller. He goaded the bull and got the horns.

To answer the question in the headline, in this case, no.

25 posted on 06/29/2013 5:47:11 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Morgana

You’re obviously more invested in this story than I am. You make some good points, but again, it bores me frankly.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 5:57:54 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SilverMine

I guess I need to renew my glasses prescription.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 6:19:47 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“You make some good points, but again, it bores me frankly.”

Well you see if it were my shop next to an abortion clinic it would not “bore” me to know babies were being ripped apart or born alive only to have their spines snipped. In fact it would far from “bore” me. It might actually disturb my soul. Now since I have a business to run and don’t have all day to protest I would work WITH the prolife people and not against them. It is worth it for me as a business owner. For you see not only do I gain their business but every life they save from the abortionist. It’s just a win win situation!


28 posted on 06/29/2013 6:58:53 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Yosemitest

God bless you my friend. And may God deal with the abortionist and it’s allies.


29 posted on 06/30/2013 11:43:35 AM PDT by SilverMine (ever member of congress should be horse whipped)
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To: Morgana

It should be.


30 posted on 06/30/2013 1:45:43 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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