Playing in Traffic

The orange vests the escorts wear come in handy for things other than clients at times. We are easy to see. While we sometimes get mistaken for city workers and get asked directions, wearing the vests are particularly helpful when dealing with rush hour traffic. There are three lanes of traffic moving fast on the one-way street in front of the clinic every morning.

This morning a client and companion pulled to the drop off zone to ask directions on where to park. They were directed to the $3 lot down the street and across those three lanes. The companion pulled away from the drop off zone and into a car moving down the street. The two cars were in a collision and were in the center lane. Their cars were literally stuck together.

Escorts went to make sure no one was hurt. They didn’t need medical assistance, so we called the police dispatch number to report the wreck. The drivers exchanged information and took pictures on their phones of the wreck. The client and companion went into the clinic while waiting for the police.

Another escort and I stood in front of the cars to wave the oncoming traffic away while we were waiting for an official. Orange vests are handy for situations like this! We stood out enough that the traffic just made eddies around us.

After about 30 minutes, the two drivers made sure they had all the information they needed and decided to not wait for an official report. One driver left and we directed the companion to safe parking.

We were pleased to assist in this way, but I did joke that it got my adrenaline pumping to stand in the middle of the street hoping every driver coming at us did actually see us. One almost didn’t, but at the last minute swerved around us in time.

What was D’s reaction? I was told she announced to everyone, ‘What is she doing? She is just going to cause another wreck,’ before she moved her car down the street to more “safe” parking.

We saw a need and filled it. No other wrecks were caused. Compassion for another’s misfortune is not something D relates to well.

Her comment to the client as they entered the clinic? “That was a sign from God to bring her out of this place.”


REMINDER: Our annual  fund drive Pledge-A-Picketer is NOW!

The Saturday 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:




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