Want to go to Planned Parenthood in D.C.? You’ll have to run the anti-choice gauntlet first.
This is what it looks like when clinics don’t have buffer zones.
They’re sidewalk harassers, sidewalk bullies, whatever else, but they are no where near counsellors. Counsellors are non-judgmental, non-biased, empathetic listeners, that is NOT what those people are. - Paige
If the clinic employees begin exercising their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and carried AR-15’s or AK-47’s along with them, on public streets, that would present an interesting conundrum to the gun loving right wing, would it not? I bet it would stop all the harassment cold too.
There are some abortion providers that do carry guns at all times, wear bulletproof vests to work, hire bodyguards, wear masks into the clinic so protestors can’t identify them, go in the back door, change up their driving routes every day, check under their cars daily for bombs, etc. That’s how serious this is, and that’s why it’s dangerous to take the protestors at face value, even if they seem peaceful. You don’t know who they’re hiding in the crowd.
And doctors who work at abortion clinics have been murdered by pro-life activists, in what has to be one of the biggest ironies in existence. Clinics have also been bombed.
Do the people in the picture look like harassers or bullies at all? Do you see any of them in possession of a gun, waving their arms in the air, or shouting? How are they threatening? In any case, people who are violent when doing something like this are not sidewalk counsellors or pro-life activists. People with unacceptable behavior like have been disowned by the pro-life movement itself. Sidewalk counsellors are supposed to offer real help, not intimidation.
You are completely naive. “Sidewalk counselors” are a superfluous excuse for anti-choice extremists to further their harassment while disguising it as help. Planned Parenthood employs its own REAL LIFE counselors who are actually educated and actually trained.
ALSO - One picture of a fraction of a group who KNOW THEY’RE BEING PHOTOGRAPHED does not represent the rest of the group, even if they don’t look menacing to you.
YOU try walking between two rows of people, ALL of them staring at you, all being condescending and condemning you for what they think you’re doing, many of them may be yelling at you, and you try not being intimidated or try to not feel unsafe.