How to get involved

One way to get involved in the Reproductive and Sexual Justice community here in Louisville is to come down and escort any morning Tuesday through Saturday . Before you come, we ask you to read the Points of Unity, and agree to follow them. We will ask you to initial a copy of them when you arrive at the clinic for the first time. We meet in front of EMW Women’s Surgical Center 138 W. Market on Saturday at 6:50am and are usually finished by 8:30am or 9:00am. Tuesday through Friday we meet at 7:00am and are usually finished by 8:30am. Introduce yourself to someone wearing an orange Clinic Escort vest and let them know it is your first time at the clinic. We will give you a vest and ask you to observe the first time or two at the clinic. If you are interested in escorting after that, we will ask that you shadow a few experienced escorts before acting on your own. We ask that new escorts attend the next training available, though we do not require classroom training prior to getting involved.

We emphasize that if you are considering becoming an escort, please be sure to start by reading our Points of Unity. Escorting isn’t for everybody, and some people who are really interested in making a difference discover that being on the sidewalk is not the best fit for them. It’s hard to know until you’re there. Some of our most effective escorts are people who were concerned that they wouldn’t be “good at it.” Others discover that they do better taking other kinds of action. In that case there are a number of other organizations that support the right to Access:

Please leave a comment here if you have questions.  You can also email us: everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com

Other  organizations supporting the right to Choose include:

  • Kentucky Health Justice Network   Kentucky Support Network (KSN) is the direct service program of the Kentucky Health Justice Network that works to connect individuals and families in Kentucky to reproductive health care information and services.
  • A Fund – Part of the National Network of Abortion Funds http://www.fundabortionnow.org/funds/AFund-Inc Mail donations by check to:   P.O. Box 5516 Louisville KY 40255-0516. Online donations: http://www1.networkforgood.org. Search for: A Fund Inc., Louisville, KY, Area of Interest is Human Services
  • Louisville Clinic Escorts – email everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com for details. Benefits escorts by providing supplies and legal defense fund.
  • KRCRC – Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice http://www.krcrc.org  Mail Donations by check to: PO Box 4065, Louisville, KY 40204-0065 Online donations: Follow the link to Network for Good on the KRCRC website.
  • ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

12 thoughts on “How to get involved

  1. I was a client at the clinic a couple of weeks ago and the presence of the escorts was so very much appreciated. Just driving around the block looking for a safe place to park was intimidating as there were protesters at every single stop. Thank you to everyone who volunteers and supports women making their own choices for their own bodies and lives. I look forward to volunteering in the future, as the need for escorts is so evident.

    • Thanks for the kind words, LL. I’m glad our presence was helpful – and appreciate you taking the time to say so here! We’ll look forward to meeting you when you start volunteering.

    • Hi, Kat – There is a clinic in Lexington, but it’s only open part-time and they don’t have much of a protester problem because the set-up is different. There are some people in Lexington who come up to escort sometimes – if you want more info on that, email us, ok?

      Thanks for the offer – and for reading!

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  4. I want to thank you all for the work you do to help women get to the clinic safely. We were there Tuesday morning, my daughter and me. The escorts we met were gentle, calm, and comforting despite the persistent chaser and the rest of the fundies on the sidewalk. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Much love to all of you!! I am considering helping out as an escort, but I still feel far too much anger toward the protestors to do so… it will be a while.

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    • I would like to escort myself, but how does one get stared? Do I have to call the clinic to talk to someone in charge of escorting or do I just show up and talk to an escort? Is there an application and interview process? I suppose it might be different for different clinics and a call couldn’t hurt either way.
      How did you get started?

      • you can show up and speak with an escort if you would like. we will ask that you observe from different posts and shadow experienced escorts to learn the ropes before jumping in. please read our Points of Unity and follow up with any questions. We hold trainings throughout the year, please attend one when you can.
        :) thanks!

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