About

Hi, I am one of the Escort Volunteer Coordinators for the only abortion clinic in Louisville Ky. I have been escorting for almost 10 years and organizing for 6. Every Saturday Morning wonderful, brave, compassionate volunteers come out before the sun comes up to provide emotional and tactical support for people accessing Reproductive and Sexual medical care. We are a diverse group of people who all work together to make sure this resource is available to our community. We are a decentralized group of autonomous individuals who come together to empower ourselves and others. This is the most effective and non-hierarchical work I have ever participated in and am constantly amazed at the intensity of it all. There are lots of days that I hate that this is even necessary, but it is. And we will keep going because Reproductive and Sexual Justice is essential to a healthy, empowered world.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. I pass by each day on my way to work and am both proud and thankful that fellow humans can be so kind and selfless in the face of such hatred. Thank you for all that you do, I deeply believe it does more than any of us can know.

    • Thank you, Grace, for those kind words. I’ll make sure the escorts get to see them. We appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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  3. As an escort myself, I am personally moved and humbled by reading your blog. Thank you for doing what you do. I am very lucky that my job is seemingly easier and a lot less “in your face” and as physical as yours is. Our property line gives us quite a buffer zone and I am very happy that our patients do not have to go through what yours do everyday. Keep up the great work!

  4. I was pointed to Every Saturday Morning by a commenter on my blog named Ken. Thanks for the heads up Ken! Thanks to everyone who contributes here for maintaining this blog, and for the huge list of resources in your sidebar.

  5. This a great blog, I have added a link to it on my own, Genpop.org and as well you have inspired me to add a rainbow flag badge to show my support for LGBT rights!

    Thanks for writing this blog.

  6. Hello, I came here from Boing Boing and when I started read through the posts I had the oddest sensation of familiarity and horror.
    I used to escort for a clinic too, at the time I was living on the street and they offered me health care in exchange to keep a keen eye on their parking lot. I stayed as a volunteer long after my situation had improved but my experience left an indelible mark on me.
    I wrote about it as well in my own blog. Thank you for the important work you are doing, I am sorry as hell it still needs to be done.

    http://zeppo.livejournal.com/42494.html

    http://zeppo.livejournal.com/42616.html

  7. I read about this in another blog this morning and I was really moved. I have an incredible amount of respect for your bravery and determination to help women through what can often be a tough process.

  8. I read about what you guys do through another site and I must say you should all be very proud of yourselves for protecting peoples right to a free choice.

    Keep up the good work!

  9. I think this is a fantastic example of how to contribute positively to something you believe is important.

    I have a question, several really, about how you interface with law enforcement during your escort duties.

    Reading the blog, it seems as if the clients and escorts are often the victims of both assault (threats, verbal abuse, etc…) and battery (bumping, grabbing, pushing, etc…) from the protesters.

    Do you often press charges against the more aggressive protesters, or file restraining orders involving the clinics property lines and surrounding areas?
    Do you folks get any support from the local police, or are you essentially on your own and they only arrive to clean up any messes?

    Thanks again for a great blog, and thanks for having the courage to follow your convictions peaceably.

    • Thank you for the kind words, we do try to approach the clients from an empowering and peaceful place. In light of the recent assassination of Dr. George Tiller ,increased clinic violence in general and my role as a volunteer for the clinic I can’t speak to clinic security or the relationship between the clinic and local law enforcement. There have been very few arrests or citations in the 10 years I have been escorting.

  10. You might as well be taking some pictures of the inside of your clinic… oh, wait, that would make for some pretty gruesome pictures, huh? Yeah, I agree, taking pictures of protesters is a great deflection tactic… if you focus on OTHERS you never have to focus on YOURSELF (and what you are doing or supporting). Yes, keep up the good work. BTW- ever looked at fetal development research/data? Just curious. If interested (which I am sure you are NOT- that goes against your whole “focus on others then I never have to focus on myself” rule) try putting the words “fetal development” into Google and see what you come up with. Yeah.

  11. Thanks for writing this and doing what you do. Today was my first experience with this and I’m just sorry I haven’t come out and helped before. I’ll be back every Saturday I can from here on out. Keep up the great work and I’ll see you again soon.

    -jimmy

  12. Andyandyandy! I posted a comment on Ken’s post from a week or two ago without realizing this was your blog. I’ve read through most of it now, and I have to say you’re doing a hell of a job. <3 Mr Pants

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