Joyce and Major Fecteau have reportedly been arrested eight times for their activities at abortion clinics, but they seem to have graduated to a whole new level of alarming behavior last Saturday when a Huntsville, AL volunteer clinic escort realized they were following her home.
The volunteer, who has asked to remain anonymous, says that she encountered the Fecteaus (see above) on Sparkman Drive shortly after leaving the clinic. She saw their car slow down in front of hers, then slow and follow her despite several lane changes. They only stopped tailing her when she pulled into a public park and waited them out.
The Fecteaus are two of the more colorful characters in the local forced-birth movement. Joyce has been known to put on a concentration camp uniform to make her point, but she’s best-known to the clinic volunteers for the December, 2013 incident in which she was arrested after spraying them with “holy water” because she didn’t like the dried sage that someone was burning to remove negative energy from the scene. Her acquittal on that harassment charge has apparently made her even bolder.
Major Fecteau is a retired physicist for the US Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. With all five children grown up and out of the house, the couple seems to have decided to take up abortion clinic protesting and ‘sidewalk counseling‘ as a creepy Golden Years hobby sometime during the late 1990s.
They now enjoy singing “Happy Birthday Dead Baby” to women undergoing immense personal tragedy, coordinating the local Knights of Columbus chapter’s prolife activities, and videotaping women who enter and leave the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives (AWCfRA) — presumably so that the little sluts can be prosecuted one day after their abortions are declared illegal by an executive order from President Rick Santorum.
The AWCfRA recently reopened at a new location in Huntsville. The Fecteaus and their shudder-inducing friends began protesting that new site this Summer, then fought the zoning variance by claiming that their own activities would be too disruptive to the neighborhood. Because the zoning board decided to follow the clear language of the ordinance instead of their threats and forced-birth fabrications, the Fecteaus and friends have decided to sue the zoning board. They are almost certainly going to lose, but that doesn’t really matter to them.
You see, what truly motivates folks like the Fecteaus is the adrenaline-rush of telling other people what to do with their bodies and taking advantage of god’s permission to shame people who visit reproductive health centers. Perhaps the high has waned with time, though, because the Fecteaus seem to be graduating to the next level of obsessive behavior. The volunteer tells me that law enforcement is aware of Saturday’s incident; hopefully they can prevent any further such escalations.