The United States has a pro-life problem. Every day, clinics across the country are besieged by protestors, causing emotional distress to patients and threatening the safety and privacy of patients and clinic staff. Protestors hold gory, photoshopped or mislabeled posters, shout obscenities, pray and sing loudly, stalk patients and staff, and condemn passersby to hell for…walking past, I guess. Some students even get school credit for protesting.
One of the more egregious types of protestors is the “sidewalk counselor,” who, despite having no professional or medical training to claim the title, follows patients up and down the sidewalk, pleading with them not to enter the clinic (and perhaps instead, to visit one of their fake clinics).
At least eight abortion clinic employees have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists since the early 1990’s. Other acts of terrorism include multiple cases of attempted murder, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, stalking, death threats, and vandalism. These extremists usually participated in clinic protests before their attacks, or were associated with anti-abortion groups.
- Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
- Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
- Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
- A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
- Catholic schoolchildren pray outside Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio (via The Catholic Telegraph)
- Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)
It should be pointed out that these are EXTREME protestors. Not everyone is like this! I myself attended a protest while at a catholic high school and it was nothing but peaceful on our part. We remained on the sidewalk on the opposite sidewalk of the clinic, kneeled, and said the entirety of the rosary. Why did we do this? We dont do it to emotionally traumatize the patient, though we have been succesful in some of them choosing to seek help through the church rather than aborting the child and putting THEMSELVES through the emotional trauma of killing their child. We are there to prevent the trauma, not to cause it. As peaceful protestors like the school children displayed above we are taught to only pray for the patient and the aborted child, not to directly intervene with free will. This should be strongly noted, and as i am no longer catholic or attending a catholic school, i am not bias in saying not all protests are like the ones explained above. Hopefully one day women will realize that the church and protests are there to help them avoid a procedure that is proven to cause immense emotional trauma, and give a child their right to live whether it be with the birth mother or not.
I don’t know why I keep reading these kinds of responses to my clinic harassment posts, I really don’t.
Just for you, lovemaniak:
Abortion is NOT a danger to mental health (more on my #post abortion stress syndrome tag)
Why your concern for the pro-life image is selfish and misguided
Praying crowds are still intimidating and shaming
Patients’ experiences with protestors
Hopefully that gives you a little insight.
I hate this false concern the most. It was false concern that made a woman tell me that I could ‘get a second opinion’ on whether this fetus was going to kill me or not from one of their doctors.
It was ‘concern’ that made two protestors stalk me to and from my car both during my initial appointment and my procedure. You may not be bombing facilities, or threatening death upon staff, but what you are doing is violence. The worst kind of violence, the type of violence that comes with a smile and false tears.
If these people cared about stopping abortions, then maybe you should work toward better sexual education and free birth control. But no, what you care about is moral superiority. You don’t give a shit about these women, it’s just that feeling of being superior, of being oh so good and ‘concerned’ that you love.
So fuck you very much ‘peaceful’ protestor, for continuing the sort of violence that had girls crying in the lobby and made it that we had to use false names and secret number codes in order to keep our appointments safe.
This is violence. Violence against choice. Violence against women’s bodily autonomy. Pure and simple.