Clinic Staff

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The staff at EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville strive to be professional and polite, even while being constantly subjected to anti-abortion protests.
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When the doors of the clinic are unlocked in the mornings, it is always greeted by a shout of, “Why don’t you get a job some place where you don’t have to stand over the bodies of dead babies.”  I’m sure a simple, “Good morning,” would be a refreshing change.
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They hear the antis shouting and preaching from their soapboxes as they go about their jobs. The need to be alert to incursions by antis into the clinic, as happened twice this month, is mixed with their need to be attentive to the clients inside the clinic.
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Most of the staff at the clinic have been in their positions for years. They come every day. They face the potential for violence each day. Their workday reality is motion-activated cameras and the police on speed dial. Frequently the antis call in and fill their schedules with fake appointments, so they never know for sure how many patients they will see at the beginning of their day. Harassment from antis raises the term “hostile workplace” to a whole new understanding.
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Escorts usually only come a few days a week for an hour a day. We warn new escorts about not getting “burned out” with the words and antics of the antis on the sidewalk, always advising them to not escort every day. Personally, I can only take three days a week before I feel like lashing back at the hate pouring from the antis. I cannot imagine the strength of conviction it must take to work 40 hours a week in the environment produced by the protesters in front of the clinic.
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Escorts try to make the clinic staff’s jobs easier by notifying them in case of problems and checking in with them before we leave for the day. Many of us wish we could let them know how much we value the importance of their work.
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Last week, a new escort baked extra cookies as part of her preparations for Thanksgiving. She brought these extras to the clinic and presented them to the staff of the clinic. Thanks, AR. It was a simple gesture to let them know we appreciate them.
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As you prepare for your Thanksgiving get togethers with family and friends, please join us in being thankful for the staff of EMW. They make it possible for many clients to have access to abortion.
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REMINDER: Escort training on December 3rd,  9:00A to 10:30A.  Registration will start at 8:30A. We’ll be talking about the things you need to know if you think you might want to be an escort. If you want more information about the training you can email us at:
everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com
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One thought on “Clinic Staff

  1. What a wonderful idea! I haven’t brought cookies for the emw staff in a long time. Thank you for the reminder, and thank you to the staff of emw.

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