Since the clinic was closed on Derby Day, which was also the day before Mother’s Day we decided to have the Pledge-A-Picketer target date on Saturday, June 18. This is the day before Father’s Day and is one of the days of the year we normally see more protesters at the clinic. The official count of protesters for the day is 45.
We did publish an article on the Every Saturday Morning blog when we launched the fundraiser with the information and why we were especially targeting the Sisters For Life annual fundraiser march to EMW Women’s Surgical Center. If you didn’t see it, here’s a link.
This article was more successful than we ever imagined! The Sisters For Life changed their march to end at the new Planned Parenthood location in Louisville. That means all 46 of those marchers were not there to harass patients at EMW!
To us it was a definite win-win-win situation.
- The patients weren’t faced with large numbers of protesters and we still were able to raise funds.
- The 45 who turned up at the clinic were a far cry from the 300 who were there in 2010 or even the 108 who were there last year.
- Their march was postponed long enough so that some of us were able to counter-protest at the Planned Parenthood site when they arrived.
We think this was a very successful year for the Pledge-A-Picketer campaign. We want to thank everyone who pledged and donated to help the volunteer escorts.
Our supporters make us strong!