Why write articles to post on the Every Saturday Morning blog? Writing about escorting clients to the abortion clinic may appear to be an activity only important to the author. It is so much more.
Every time abortion comes up in a conversation, or birth control does, or care for unwanted children does, we should all speak up and let our voices be heard.
There are so many laws written this year in an attempt to whittle away rights of reproductive choices. They want to take away the choice of abortion with these laws. Fetal heartbeat laws and mandatory ultrasounds are an effort to make those choosing abortion have a further wait while hoping to make the client feel bad. Shame, blame and humiliation is the name of the end goal. If patients can’t be prevented from having an abortion, maybe they can be made to feel bad about the decision.
There is now a push to stop access to birth control. Really? We cannot have a means to prevent pregnancy? What sense does that make? How would that lower abortion rates?
Planned Parenthood is under attack because 3% of their services include abortion. Funds are kept separate by law for these abortion services. No government funds are used for abortion. But because this is a service at some locations, all of the clinics have been targeted for closing. Planned Parenthood are an easy target because they are nationwide and easily recognizable. Legislators can slash the budgets for their services using the economy as an excuse, but the agenda is to stop reproductive services for poor families. Ending all of the other services they provide to men, women and children are casualties of this assault.
We write to remind everyone what clients face every day while they go to a private medical appointment.
The hope is the articles help people understand the situation in front of the clinic. The stories we tell of clients thanking us, or of the antis, or of the chaos on the sidewalk are a reminder how important it is we are there to support clients in their decision.
No one should have to face the protesters alone if they aren’t comfortable with doing it. It is empowering for the clients if they have people letting them know they support their right to make the choice best for them.
Imagine if you were faced with anti-optometrists when you went to the eye doctor. Imagine if you were faced with crowds protesting the use of fluoride on your way into your dentist’s office.
Imagine you needed a surgical procedure for your health, your life or the welfare of your children and protesters tried to prevent you from having this surgery. This happens every day at the clinic. We need to keep reminding everyone this is going on.
Writing helps to vent the frustration we encounter on the sidewalk. We cannot make the antis magically disappear. We cannot get them to listen to reasonable conversation. Most of the time we cannot prevent them from harassing clients going into the clinic.
Writing about the myriad of experiences in front of the clinic helps escorts.
When we analyze what we have done during the mornings, the stories we have heard from clients and the stories of other escorts it is sharing what we have learned.
We all have different experiences when we escort. The corner of Market and 2nd will have a different dynamic than the corner of Market and 1st. Escorting Wednesday morning has a different dynamic than escorting Saturday morning.
These experiences are interesting and reinvigorates our commitment to escorting.