Escort Training Saturday, July 25, 2009

Our next escort training will be next Saturday, July 25, 2009. We will meet at the ACLU office, 315 Guthrie Street,

Suite 300 after escorting at the clinic.  We will start the training at 9am.

Light breakfast and coffee provided by KY RCRC.

And for the first time ever, we are having an escort exchange! We will be hosting escorts from Cleveland OH here and sending escorts from here up there some time next month.

We are really excited to make friends with escorts from other cities, comparing tactics and stories, creating community and networking with like minded people.

We hope to see you there!

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16 thoughts on “Escort Training Saturday, July 25, 2009

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  2. You get this a lot, I’m sure, but thank you for doing what you do.

    I’ve been interested in being a clinic escort for a while now, I need to look into it more.

  3. If I ever end up back in L’ville I want to escort with you all. Especially there, because my family used to own the building. Every time people ask what happened to the downtown store my grandmother says “Oh, well, it’s an abortion clinic. But we didn’t sell it to -them-“. Because that’s all that happens there, because it’s too hard to say “we sold it to a blueprint place but I don’t know what’s there now”, etc. rant rant rant. I would escort for other reasons, but that’s the thing that decided me.

    Is there any place in Lexington that needs it? Where would I find out? I think you can only get chemical abortions in town, no surgical ones. Or vice versa, I can’t remember.

    • EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington offers both surgical abortions through 12 weeks and medical abortions. I think. Please check the link talk to the clinic if you have any questions. Mostly the clinic in Lexington does not get the number of protesters that we see in Louisville nor are the protesters they have as aggressive.

  4. I just found your blog this morning and, I guess I shouldn’t be, but I am stunned and surprised that the protestor’s type of behavior is 1) legal and 2) still going on all of the time.
    I guess I shouldn’t be; it just never occured to me that facilities went though this garbage still. I remember at university I was my roomates’ driver/escort to a PP in Bettendorf, IA. There were protestors, but less than 30. They were peaceful and relatively quiet (one told my friend “God Bless You.” She said “God Bless You, too.” I am still in awe of her strength). And, it never occured to me that, of course, there are many, many clinics without parking and private entrances.
    I totally support what you do, but am more and more glad that I live in Chicago and – according to my husband who does maintenance work for a lot of PP in the city – he has never seen protestors outside one of the clinics, even those without parking.
    Please, for all of the women who have to make this difficult decisions; keep it up and thank you.

  5. As you can see my from my username, I’m from Kentucky originally; thank you so much for the work that you do.

  6. Found your blog through Boing Boing.
    I’m from the Netherlands, where we don’t have much pro-choice/anti-abortion drama, if any.
    I’m very moved by your stories and the volunteering you do, and just wanted to let you know.
    Keep it up!

  7. I have a confession to make.

    Following on from http://reynardo.livejournal.com/350055.html, I’ve been sending a postcard to a clinic in each state. I read this, looked back on my list, and so if the clinic got a mysterious postcard from Australia saying “thank you for giving women a choice”, it was me.

    Please consider that card to cover your actions as well. tripled. WIth thanks.

  8. Hi, i found your blog from boingboing.net. I am apalled at what women in KY have to deal with. I feel lucky to live in San Francisco!
    I was wondering though, you may or may not know the answer to this. Why are the abortion clinics soley places to have abortions? In SF, there is no clinic that JUST does abortions. They usually take care of all aspects of feminine care, such as paps and exams, treatment for bacterial and viral infections, and so on. So, tons of women go in and out all day. You’d never know who had gone specifically for an abortion. Even pregnant women who are showing could be going for an exam. Why have one spot that only does abortions? Thats a violation of privacy because if there’s only one thing a place does, then anyone who goes in is obviously having an abortion. People need a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding their medical history.

    • EMW Women’s Surgical Center is a fully operational Gynecology practice. The physicians offer a full range of services and there are many people who enter the building throughout the day accessing any number of them. They harass all of them.

      As to your comment regarding the client’s privacy, yes, I agree with you that everyone should have an expectation of privacy. However the I understand that legal point to mean there is no expectation of privacy while on a public space. And as the clinic does not have client parking, the time they spend on the public sidewalk traveling between their car and the clinic private property they are not privy to that right. That being said, they should be protected by the right to be free from harassment and physical intimidation. There are both assault and battery laws at the state and local level as well as harassment laws that can be applied to the clients in this situation. The sticking point in front of EMW is the intersections between the client’s rights and the rights of the protesters to freedom of speech. And as the First Amendment hold highest regards in the legal terms, it is far more of a legal burden to prove harassment and intimidation as opposed to proving impingement of free speech laws.

      And per status quo, people accessing abortion and sexual health services are at the short end of that particular stick.

      • p.s.

        I am NOT a lawyer.
        This is all my opinion based on having escorted for the last ten years, as to how the laws work.
        If you can expound upon this please feel free.
        But do not take my word for it.

  9. Hello! I found your blog via a knitting website called Ravelry. It seems like escorting is something I could support, so I was wanting to know if I needed to register for the training, or would it be alright if I just showed up? Thank you both for your response and also for helping such a worthy cause.
    Emily

    • No need to register, please just come on by! We encourage people to come and observe at the clinic at least once before deciding to become an escort, so you might think about coming down the morning of July 25, observe and then come to the training. Thanks for your interest. Hope to see you there.

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