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Apr 16 '14

Abortion clinic escort Katie Klabusich talks about the harassment outside clinics, buffer zones, and the recent surge in anti-abortion legislation.

Segment starts at 20:05.

Apr 12 '14
Apr 12 '14
Apr 9 '14
pro-choice-or-no-voice:

What are you talking about? Being a piece of shit outside of clinics is perfectly legal. You just have to stay a certain distance away. Cry harder.
-Peach

The case before the Court is against minuscule (seriously, 8 feet) buffer zones that would keep protestors a respectful distance from clinics. Only three states and a handful of cities in the US currently have buffer zones.
I mean, honestly. Shoot eight people and bomb a few hundred clinics, but you’re asked to back up a few feet and suddenly you’re being oppressed.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

What are you talking about? Being a piece of shit outside of clinics is perfectly legal. You just have to stay a certain distance away. Cry harder.

-Peach

The case before the Court is against minuscule (seriously, 8 feet) buffer zones that would keep protestors a respectful distance from clinics. Only three states and a handful of cities in the US currently have buffer zones.

I mean, honestly. Shoot eight people and bomb a few hundred clinics, but you’re asked to back up a few feet and suddenly you’re being oppressed.

(Source: windows7guy100)

Apr 8 '14
priceofliberty:

bebinn:

Um. WHAT.
Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.
No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

There really isn’t any precedent for a Justice to recuse him or herself due to the affiliations of their spouse. Even when people were calling for Justices Thomas (in particular) and Kagan to recuse themselves in 2011 from the Affordable Care Act litigation;

The reasons for the suggested recusals are well known. Thomas’ wife spent significant time and effort, and earned a great deal of money, lobbying against the act. Kagan was the solicitor general of the United States when the act was enacted, celebrated its passage over email with professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School (at the time a legal advisor to the Obama administration) and was aware that her office was involved in the litigation strategy defending the law.

It certainly calls any decision Scalia makes into question, but it would be prudent of us to keep in mind that the Justices of the Supreme Court are supposedly the best and brightest in their field. It would be unwise of Scalia not to publicly dispel any questions pertaining to his objectivity, but it would not be unfounded.

If you look at his comments on the case so far, it’s pretty clear he’s either ignorant of or disinterested in what anti-abortion protestors really get up to outside abortion clinics, most likely based on what he knows from his wife’s work. Protestors often call themselves “sidewalk counselors" to justify following patients and staff up and down sidewalks, and Scalia agrees with their misrepresentation:

"I object to you calling these people protesters, which you’ve been doing here during the whole presentation. That is not how they present themselves. They do not say they want to make protests. They say they want to talk quietly to the women who are going into these facilities. Now how does that make them protesters?"
-sherights.com
This “is a counseling case, not a protest case,” Scalia insisted. “You could have a law against screaming…These people want to speak quietly in a friendly manner.”
-LA Times

Quietly praying or standing in place and handing out propaganda is not the issue in this case, though the plaintiffs are doing their best to frame it that way (the lead plaintiff purposely described herself as a plump, grandmotherly figure). As far as we know, Scalia thinks these are the only people that would be affected by a buffer zone, and isn’t considering the daily screaming, stalking, verbal abuse and recording of patients entering facilities across the country, often supported by organizations such as his wife’s.
A 2013 survey by the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers, found that 51% of clinics with buffer zones reported a decrease in criminal activity, and 75% reported easier access to clinics for patients and staff. Because of the pure chaos outside so many abortion clinics, many providers make use of volunteer clinic escorts, who help patients safely navigate crowds of protestors. The earliest buffer zones were enacted because of clinic shootings and bombings.
It’s obvious to anyone who has encountered anti-abortion protestors or read about their activities that this is a serious problem in the United States, and one that buffer zones attempt to address. That Scalia is focusing on the least violent and intimidating group shows that he either doesn’t understand or take this issue seriously, and it’s not a stretch to assume that has something to do with his wife’s board position on an anti-abortion organization.

priceofliberty:

bebinn:

Um. WHAT.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

There really isn’t any precedent for a Justice to recuse him or herself due to the affiliations of their spouse. Even when people were calling for Justices Thomas (in particular) and Kagan to recuse themselves in 2011 from the Affordable Care Act litigation;

The reasons for the suggested recusals are well known. Thomas’ wife spent significant time and effort, and earned a great deal of money, lobbying against the act. Kagan was the solicitor general of the United States when the act was enacted, celebrated its passage over email with professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School (at the time a legal advisor to the Obama administration) and was aware that her office was involved in the litigation strategy defending the law.

It certainly calls any decision Scalia makes into question, but it would be prudent of us to keep in mind that the Justices of the Supreme Court are supposedly the best and brightest in their field. It would be unwise of Scalia not to publicly dispel any questions pertaining to his objectivity, but it would not be unfounded.

If you look at his comments on the case so far, it’s pretty clear he’s either ignorant of or disinterested in what anti-abortion protestors really get up to outside abortion clinics, most likely based on what he knows from his wife’s work. Protestors often call themselves “sidewalk counselors" to justify following patients and staff up and down sidewalks, and Scalia agrees with their misrepresentation:

"I object to you calling these people protesters, which you’ve been doing here during the whole presentation. That is not how they present themselves. They do not say they want to make protests. They say they want to talk quietly to the women who are going into these facilities. Now how does that make them protesters?"

-sherights.com

This “is a counseling case, not a protest case,” Scalia insisted. “You could have a law against screaming…These people want to speak quietly in a friendly manner.”

-LA Times

Quietly praying or standing in place and handing out propaganda is not the issue in this case, though the plaintiffs are doing their best to frame it that way (the lead plaintiff purposely described herself as a plump, grandmotherly figure). As far as we know, Scalia thinks these are the only people that would be affected by a buffer zone, and isn’t considering the daily screaming, stalking, verbal abuse and recording of patients entering facilities across the country, often supported by organizations such as his wife’s.

A 2013 survey by the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers, found that 51% of clinics with buffer zones reported a decrease in criminal activity, and 75% reported easier access to clinics for patients and staff. Because of the pure chaos outside so many abortion clinics, many providers make use of volunteer clinic escorts, who help patients safely navigate crowds of protestors. The earliest buffer zones were enacted because of clinic shootings and bombings.

It’s obvious to anyone who has encountered anti-abortion protestors or read about their activities that this is a serious problem in the United States, and one that buffer zones attempt to address. That Scalia is focusing on the least violent and intimidating group shows that he either doesn’t understand or take this issue seriously, and it’s not a stretch to assume that has something to do with his wife’s board position on an anti-abortion organization.

Apr 8 '14

IT’S OFFICIAL. I AM TERRIFIED OF PRO-ABORTIONISTS.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

fearless-stormclaw:

If you don’t believe in the sanctity of life or in the right to life (I mean, c’mon people, it’s in the fucking Declaration of Independence, for Chuck’s sake), I don’t want to be anywhere near you. Like I don’t even want to be on the same planet as you because that there is verging on psychopathic mass murderer talk.

I believe everyone has the right to their own body, and the right to choose their own reproductive paths. Comparing abortion to murder makes you a pretty scummy person, and in all honestly, if there was a way for all pro-lifers to leave this planet to live elsewhere, I’d PAY for your ticket on board. 
-Emily. 

Awfully hyperbolic for someone whose movement has shot to death 8 people and now holds the murderers up as martyrs, bombed or set fire to over 200 buildings, knowingly lies and emotionally manipulates people coming to them for help, eliminates access to general and reproductive health care for families across the country, and screams bloody murder at patients trying to get abortions, birth control, miscarriage management, or general health care.

Projection’s a sneaky thing.

Apr 6 '14
Um. WHAT.
Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.
No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

Um. WHAT.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s wife is on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, a name for organizations that use lies, manipulation, and delay tactics to prevent people from getting an abortion. Their page on the risks of abortion is full of junk science, decades-old studies, and logical leaps, and their resources for pregnant women are virtually all deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

No wonder Scalia defends anti-abortion harassment masking itself as “sidewalk counseling.” The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on buffer zones outside abortion clinics, which would keep protestors a respectful (and safe) distance from patients and staff. Justice Scalia is clearly biased and should recuse himself from the case. This is ridiculous.

Apr 1 '14
This is International Anti-Street Harassment Week and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is organizing an artistic experiment she hopes will impact cities around the world. Anyone can request PDFs of her posters and instructions for how to wheat paste. Then, during the afternoon or evening of Friday, April 4, everyone can put up the posters in their community. [Bitch Magazine]

Oh, this is happening.

Mar 29 '14

Market Street abortion clinic protester has moment of clarity: “Am I an asshole?”

Saturday morning, outside the EMW abortion clinic on Market Street, longtime protester Robert Calloway came to a striking realization that he may, in fact, just be a giant asshole.

“I had just followed this young woman from her car all the way to the clinic door, calling her a slut murderer who was going to burn in hell for eternity,” said Calloway. “And then this thought suddenly came into my head like a bolt of lightning: Maybe the reason I’m doing this is not out of concern for a fetus, but just because I’m a total asshole who hates women?”

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Mar 29 '14
bugchicklv:

[clipped for brevity - Bébinn]
Oh,God.  This brings back memories.  Painful ones.  Once a month I used to volunteer to escort for the Feminist Women’s Health Center and the Atlanta SurgiCenter…
…BEFORE Janet Reno and the RICO lawsuit made it illegal to use force,  threaten violence or physically obstruct someone from seeking an abortion.
When the overflow parking lot was across the street — and getting to the front door literally WAS like running the gauntlet. 
People would block the sidewalks by linking arms (and we would dodge and weave and duck through like in some demented game of Red Rover).
…would brutally shove color photographs of late term fetuses and other non-related medical waste in the faces of women who were already terrified, just to up the gore factor.
…would scream and shout and curse the service seekers with everlasting damnation and torture in the bowels of hell as they quoted biblical passages like “For the Wages of Sin is Death” and “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” (but forgot all about the ones attributable to a Jesus that taught love and forgiveness) (and WOW they did not like it when you could quote back their own trespasses against them)(which was fun if there was no one needing an escort).
…would push the limits of assault statutes by holding hands and circling themselves around to a woman to HERD them away from/out of sight of the clinic (so they could be ganged up on with religious dogma and preached at until they gave up, in tears…or we could “rescue” them).
…would WRITE DOWN the license plate numbers of the women who needed services and then staple shame!posters in their neighborhoods announcing private personal healthcare business.  I think this also happened to the employees of the clinic as well (I’m only guessing that they had a friend at the DMV, or maybe in the Police?  I wouldn’t have put it past more than one of the deputies in the Fulton County Sheriff’s department - not back then).
The ones that risked arrest - hell, downright invited it - would actually vandalize cars…or put their hands on someone trying to get by, usually pushing them back from the entrance but sometimes even restraining them.  My escort!buddy once regaled me with how this poor girl was physically carried all the way back to the nearest bus stop and preached at until MARTA arrived - shamed until she got on and there was nothing escort!buddy could do because he was alone at the time and the protestors were videotaping his actions. (Oh, and this girl actually came by car but her ride went for food after dropping her off.)
Oh, and yeah…I once had to call about half a dozen impound lots to find my FUCKING CAR because someone had an “in” with a towing company and had it removed from the premises while I was inside the clinic.
And this was in 1989, AFTER the DNC related anti-choice rallies that led to some 300+ arrests.
I can’t even imagine what hell it must have been in the Fall of 1988; how it went for the staff, or for those who volunteered more than once a month, prior to that.  It makes me so mad that I can’t help but cry every time I think about it.
My name is Michaelle.  I’m 44 years old and each January I make a solemn vow that, should Roe v. Wade ever be overturned or if limits on abortions become too restrictive (in the state I reside and all of the states bordering it), I WILL go back to school.  I WILL find a program that teaches abortion care - even if I have to do it in another country.  I would rather it be midwifery or even APRN but I’ll sacrifice myself to complete an OB program if necessary.  And I will surround myself with other like-minded and/or sympathetic medical professionals…and perform the “illegal” abortions my-fucking-self.  Because it’s THAT important.

Wow. WOW. Thank you SO much for writing this. I can’t even imagine clinic escorting before the FACE Act of 1994.
It amazes me when antis praise their own “good behavior” outside clinics these days, as if they don’t need fucking laws written about them to keep it that way. Like they wouldn’t go back to these tactics the minute those laws were overturned.

bugchicklv:

[clipped for brevity - Bébinn]

Oh,God.  This brings back memories.  Painful ones.  Once a month I used to volunteer to escort for the Feminist Women’s Health Center and the Atlanta SurgiCenter…

…BEFORE Janet Reno and the RICO lawsuit made it illegal to use force,  threaten violence or physically obstruct someone from seeking an abortion.

When the overflow parking lot was across the street — and getting to the front door literally WAS like running the gauntlet. 

People would block the sidewalks by linking arms (and we would dodge and weave and duck through like in some demented game of Red Rover).

…would brutally shove color photographs of late term fetuses and other non-related medical waste in the faces of women who were already terrified, just to up the gore factor.

…would scream and shout and curse the service seekers with everlasting damnation and torture in the bowels of hell as they quoted biblical passages like “For the Wages of Sin is Death” and “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” (but forgot all about the ones attributable to a Jesus that taught love and forgiveness) (and WOW they did not like it when you could quote back their own trespasses against them)(which was fun if there was no one needing an escort).

…would push the limits of assault statutes by holding hands and circling themselves around to a woman to HERD them away from/out of sight of the clinic (so they could be ganged up on with religious dogma and preached at until they gave up, in tears…or we could “rescue” them).

…would WRITE DOWN the license plate numbers of the women who needed services and then staple shame!posters in their neighborhoods announcing private personal healthcare business.  I think this also happened to the employees of the clinic as well (I’m only guessing that they had a friend at the DMV, or maybe in the Police?  I wouldn’t have put it past more than one of the deputies in the Fulton County Sheriff’s department - not back then).

The ones that risked arrest - hell, downright invited it - would actually vandalize cars…or put their hands on someone trying to get by, usually pushing them back from the entrance but sometimes even restraining them.  My escort!buddy once regaled me with how this poor girl was physically carried all the way back to the nearest bus stop and preached at until MARTA arrived - shamed until she got on and there was nothing escort!buddy could do because he was alone at the time and the protestors were videotaping his actions. (Oh, and this girl actually came by car but her ride went for food after dropping her off.)

Oh, and yeah…I once had to call about half a dozen impound lots to find my FUCKING CAR because someone had an “in” with a towing company and had it removed from the premises while I was inside the clinic.

And this was in 1989, AFTER the DNC related anti-choice rallies that led to some 300+ arrests.

I can’t even imagine what hell it must have been in the Fall of 1988; how it went for the staff, or for those who volunteered more than once a month, prior to that.  It makes me so mad that I can’t help but cry every time I think about it.

My name is Michaelle.  I’m 44 years old and each January I make a solemn vow that, should Roe v. Wade ever be overturned or if limits on abortions become too restrictive (in the state I reside and all of the states bordering it), I WILL go back to school.  I WILL find a program that teaches abortion care - even if I have to do it in another country.  I would rather it be midwifery or even APRN but I’ll sacrifice myself to complete an OB program if necessary.  And I will surround myself with other like-minded and/or sympathetic medical professionals…and perform the “illegal” abortions my-fucking-self.  Because it’s THAT important.

Wow. WOW. Thank you SO much for writing this. I can’t even imagine clinic escorting before the FACE Act of 1994.

It amazes me when antis praise their own “good behavior” outside clinics these days, as if they don’t need fucking laws written about them to keep it that way. Like they wouldn’t go back to these tactics the minute those laws were overturned.

Mar 29 '14

#ProtectTheZone is active every Saturday morning, when anti-abortion protestors can get especially nasty outside clinics. Volunteer clinic escorts help patients safely get through the crowd of protestors outside clinics. Some cities and states have buffer zones that keep protestors a few feet from the entrance, but many have no protections at all.

Mar 26 '14
Mar 26 '14

thisgingerischronic:

thebicker:

bebinn:

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.

  1. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants protesting outside a clinic in New York City (via @Tracie713)
  2. Protestors outside a clinic in Englewood, New York. Clinic escorts are in neon vests (via Merle Hoffman)
  3. Rain won’t keep away the protestors outside Louisville, Kentucky’s only abortion clinic (via Every Saturday Morning)
  4. A ring of protestors surrounds the buffer zone outside the Coastal Birth Control Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (via USNews)
  5. Catholic schoolchildren pray outside Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio (via The Catholic Telegraph)
  6. Over 200 students from Virginia’s Christendom College swarm a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. (via LifeSiteNews)

It is completely unconscionable that pro-lifers feel the need to threaten people who are exercising their legal right to an abortion (or in many cases, their access to other reproductive healthcare, like birth control or PAP smears). Some of Kermit Gosnell’s victims testified that the reason they went to him was because they were frightened of protesters at the local legal abortion clinics. Pro-lifers: YOU ARE SCARING WOMEN INTO GETTING BUTCHERED BY UNLICENSED PRACTITIONERS. I hope that keeps you up at night.

In that third picture there, the one from Kentucky, see them standing on that yellow line? Yeah, that’s a tactic of theirs. The escorts had to make the city put an emergency strip there so that patients could be dropped off easily, otherwise the anti’s would park all along that sidewalk and prevent anyone from getting out.

The atmosphere here in Kentucky is… mortifying. NY Times wrote an article on it, even. They scream and yell, they lay their hands on you—once a woman stormed into the clinic and began screaming at the patients waiting in line. Once, the CPC next door caused a grandmother to have a heart attack because they kept the pregnant daughter inside and kicked her mother out (with the help of police, no less!) They sent the grandmother to the hospital in a taxi cab.

My first morning escorting down there I witnessed an awful car crash right on the corner and within seconds the escorts were whipping out their phones and going over to the scene (the clients were inside already) where a young girl looked gravely injured, meanwhile the “pro-life” crowd simply… continued kneeling on the sidewalk and screaming at the building. They didn’t look once.

Anti’s will stand outside your car door to prevent you from opening it. They will harass your partner/family if you go inside for your appointment and they step outside without you. They don’t care why you’re there—a young girl’s fetus was dead and she was sobbing about it, and they mobbed her. Even over the traffic, across the street, you could hear her screams: “MY BABY IS DEAD. SHE IS DEAD.

But they didn’t stop. They never do. They managed to illicit a reaction out of her (what they’re always looking for here, they WANT to cause a scene) and so they stayed around her in a circle until she finally managed to make it to the front of the building with the other clients. It was rainy and cold and the women all huddled together under the awning with the escorts around them, waiting for the building to open, eyes closed tight and jaw clenched hard, silently crying or praying out-loud, some singing to keep them distracted, others half-heartedly trying to talk to one another about senseless things, all to avoid the crowd of angry protesters just a ring of bodies away from them.

Mar 19 '14
maxlibertarios:

feministballerina:

malonetaylor:

Did you know? It’s your RIGHT to access reproductive healthcare without being intimidated or terrorized.

People need to see this. 

Actually that is incorrect. You have the right to an abortion but not the right for other people not to try to talk you out of it or give you their opinions on your decision
Now if someone was threatening to hurt you then yes, but you don’t have the right to not feel embarrassed or ashamed of your actions

"The act of intimidating those attempting to seek reproductive health care services is a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994.”
The FACE Act of 1994 prohibits the use or threat of physical force or obstruction to injure, intimidate, or interfere with someone who is accessing reproductive health services, or to attempt it. It was written in response to an escalation of violence against clinic staff and patients, including murders, kidnappings, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, vandalism, and trespassing.
What is historical context and reading comprehension? We just don’t know.

maxlibertarios:

feministballerina:

malonetaylor:

Did you know? It’s your RIGHT to access reproductive healthcare without being intimidated or terrorized.

People need to see this. 

Actually that is incorrect. You have the right to an abortion but not the right for other people not to try to talk you out of it or give you their opinions on your decision

Now if someone was threatening to hurt you then yes, but you don’t have the right to not feel embarrassed or ashamed of your actions

"The act of intimidating those attempting to seek reproductive health care services is a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994.”

The FACE Act of 1994 prohibits the use or threat of physical force or obstruction to injure, intimidate, or interfere with someone who is accessing reproductive health services, or to attempt it. It was written in response to an escalation of violence against clinic staff and patients, including murders, kidnappings, arson, bombings, anthrax threats, vandalism, and trespassing.

What is historical context and reading comprehension? We just don’t know.

Mar 17 '14

Clinic Escorting at Choices Women’s Center in New York City [Storify via escort @RachelG8489]

What can you do about clinic harassment in your area?

  1. Become a clinic escort and help patients safely navigate protestors (clinic escorts also appreciate donuts and coffee on those early mornings!)
  2. Support buffer zone laws
  3. Be aware of restrictions on clinic protests in your area, and contact the police if you see violations
  4. Stand alongside protestors holding signs supporting patients and providing accurate information. Be aware that this may cause more chaos and stress for patients, and may not always be appropriate.
  5. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers the truth about abortion protestors, and help create an environment where their behavior becomes unacceptable to the community.