HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Drive down Madison Street and you will likely see them on any given day, Pro-Choice and Pro-Life advocates in a battle to be heard.
It’s an often-seen scenario that has led neighbors of the Alabama Women’s Center to seek solace from the controversy playing out outside their doors.
“To have protestors out front really disturbs the peace of what we are trying to do,” said Marydae Sneed, Executive Director of the Blount Hospitality House.
The business counts itself as a home away from home for out-of-town families whose loved ones are recovering in the hospital.
But there isn’t much ‘hospitable’ about the picket signs and protestors lined up right outside their doors.
“At its worse there are bullhorns, there are people on microphones yelling what I would consider very unpeaceful words,” said Sneed. “Thank goodness we live in a country where we are able to protest what we don’t believe in, but when it’s right next door to your passion – which of course mine is the Blount Hospitality House and the families here – it does cause quite a bit of disruption.”
Over the years, Sneed has sought a way to shield the families from the political clash outside their doors.
“A couple of years ago we talk about how nice it would be if there was a fence between the two properties.”
It’s an idea that seems to have gained support. Pro-choice activists next door set up a page to help raise funds for the fence. Money has been donated from both sides.
The fence should be built within the next month. Sneed says she hopes it will bring some peace to the families staying in the hospitality house.