Jason Storms, his wife Sara and their 10 children are spending the day together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The two older girls play guitar and sing.
Three-year-old Charlotte pushes five-month-old Hazel in a doll’s pram while one of their boys scrolls on a smartphone.
It could be any happy family on a sunny afternoon. But the Storms tribe is not at the park.
They’re on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, and every time someone walks into the parking lot, they spring into action.
Older children approach women going on dates, handing them flyers and telling them they “don’t have to go through that.”
One holds a sign that reads “We’ll adopt your baby”, another reads “Babies are murdered here”.
America is engaged in a bitter battle over the right to choose abortion and this is the front line.
Any day now, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision that would represent a seismic shift in life and law in America.
At least five of the nine justices are likely to vote to overturn Roe vs. Wadethe name given to a landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, up to the point of fetal viability.
If they did, it would overturn half a century of legal precedent and empower all 50 states to independently decide the right to choose abortion.
About half of the states should ban abortion completely or impose severe restrictions.
Even among pro-life or anti-abortion activists, Mr. Storms’ views are extremely conservative.
Babies have “value from birth”
He is the leader of Operation Save America, an evangelical group that opposes same-sex marriage, the morning after pill, and abortion upon fertilization.
“I think our laws should be clear that little human beings are created in the image of God. They are valuable from birth,” he said.
In America, abortion was traditionally opposed on religious grounds, but it has been hijacked over the past half century by politicians to get people into voting booths, and groups like Operation Save America are exerting increasing influence on right-wing lawmakers.
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Mr Storms denies being misogynistic by showing up outside abortion clinics to encourage women to change a decision they may have thought long and hard about.
“Thinking really hard and thinking right are two different things,” he said.
“Whether you are a man or a woman, we must defend everyone’s right to life.
“I would stand up for the rights of any woman about to be assaulted, just like I would stand up for the rights of a little baby about to be assaulted, even if the person about to assault her is her mother. “
Majority support for Roe vs. Wade
Her 18-year-old daughter, Julia, sees abortion in similar terms and thinks it should be banned even when conception results from rape or incest.
“I like to say two wrongs don’t make a right,” she said.
“And that child is just as much a victim as the mother, they didn’t choose to be in that position. The child is no less valuable than a consensually conceived child.”
Almost two-thirds of Americans want the Roe v Wade decision to stay in place.
Pastor ‘worried’ if Roe v Wade is canceled
A local pastor, Reverend Jonah Overton, showed up outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic to start a counter-protest.
Reverend Overton is concerned that the constitutionally protected right to choose abortion is being taken away.
“It means a world in which rights and access to health care are selective based on where you live and the whims of your state legislature,” they said,
“I’m very worried about what’s going to happen, especially to poor, black and brown women who don’t have access to other options in a way that, for example, wealthy white women will always have in this country. “
Mr. Storms and Rev Overton are America in a microcosm, divided over an issue that has come to define a country so often divided in two and, with such a monumental decision expected in the coming days, that division will only s deepen.
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