As a huge supporter of abortion access I have contributed to our Pledge- A-Picketer fundraiser every year.
Louisville Clinic escorts started this fundraising idea after 300 protesters came out one Saturday before Mother’s Day a few years back.
Over the years we have seen the numbers of protesters drop off as we have used their presence to fund raise money for abortion access.
They know why we count and they do not like the fact that their presence raises funds for abortion support.
In 2016 since the numbers of protesters were dropping I decided to modify my pledge a little bit and put a monetary amount not only on number of protesters, but signs, amplification, and other harassment techniques they use.
The turnout of antis on the Pledge-A-Picketer, Spooky Halloween Edition was fairly small, probably due to rainy weather and the fact they knew we were going to fund raise off of their numbers.
I pledged $0.25 an anti for a total of $21 for the two days.
But seeing as how dedicated clinic escorts are for showing up in all kinds of weather and all the stuff life throws at you, I know they are worth so much more.
I decided to pledge $2 an escort and Legal Observer.
Clinic escorts and Legal Observers showed up for choice and access raised $112.
Just doing what you do week in and week out is amazing. I wanted to acknowledge how much I value your presence on the sidewalk.