It was not a busy morning. There were only two antis walking the sidewalk and just a few praying. We had five escorts and there had been no confrontations between anyone.
Just before 8a a car drove by the clinic slowly and parked at the curb. Five people got out of the car and one started feeding the meter. E started handing literature to the one at the meter and talking about AWC. The usual, “What’s the harm in taking 5 minutes to check us out?” He ignored everyone else.
I stood off to the side and quietly asked another passenger if they were going to the abortion clinic, explained about the orange vests and offered to walk with them. She replied, “How did you know?” I told her it wasn’t anything she had done, but when cars move slowly in front of the clinic, staring at the entrance, taking in the sidewalk and then park, it is usually a good bet they are going to the clinic.
We walked to the clinic with E still talking to the companion who had fed the meter. His attention was focused on her. The client walking beside me was buffered from his words and actions by the support of her friends. We were able to just follow peacefully behind E, not really hearing all he was saying.
The client’s plan worked.
REMINDER: If you are interested in escorting, particularly if you’re willing to hold space on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, don’t forget the training on May 9th at 6:00P. Training is not required, but it’s helpful.
REMINDER: Our annual fund drive Pledge-A-Picketer is NOW!
The Sunday before Mother’s Day is the biggest protester day of the year. It also is the date where we count protesters for donations to support the pro-choice effort and the escorts. You can pledge a certain amount for each protester showing up that morning. If you prefer, you can also make a straight monetary donation.
Use this form to make your pledge: