Saturdays on the sidewalk are loud. Intentionally so. On Saturdays, anti-choice protestors use amplifiers and loudspeakers to harass patients. Once patients make it into the clinic, noise from the loudspeakers pierces the glass separating the waiting room and the sidewalk.
This past Saturday, I tried out a decibel measuring app on my phone. Standing 30 feet from a loudspeaker on a tripod, the app was reading at an average of 89db. On the sidewalk, directly next to the speaker, stood 2 children of the man operating the speaker. If I was reading 89db from 30 feet away, how loud must the speaker have been for those children?
When a patient is walking into the clinic, it’s common for a protestor to declare that they would raise the child in lieu of the woman having an abortion. Isn’t the message undercut when it’s delivered over a loudspeaker at dangerous levels for the children the protestor has with him?