Week Six with no escorts

This week’s record for one day was SIXTY THREE protesters gathered on 5/16.

We understand that there are only recommendations, and not enforceable laws, calling for a minimum of 6 feet between any two people who do not live together. We get that LMPD can’t force the protesters to wear masks, or give others space.

These facts make a perfect storm when combined with the complete lack of regard for public safety that the protesters have always shown us with their actions.

This week, the congestion caused someone riding a scooter to crash.

In 2019, a protester was hospitalized after an encounter with someone leaving the clinic.

Pre-COVID19 escorts would regularly ask patients or companions to leave their weapons in their vehicles.

Now, everyone is under heightened stress, and there are no escorts to deescalate everpresent tensions. How many injuries will it take before action is taken?

The sidewalk won’t become safer unless two things happen:

Louisville Metro Council takes action by passing a new law creating a safety zone in front of the entrance.

LMPD needs to actually enforce the laws, including the existing noise ordinance, a safety zone, and the full range of blocking, assaults, and trespasses that happen regularly.

Indeed, if they continue to do nothing, we can be sure that more people will be harmed because of the protesters. Please continue contact your Council member and ask them to support a safety zone!

Tuesday May 12th: 17 protesters total
Wednesday May 13th: 13 protesters total
Thursday May 14th: 12 protesters total
Friday May 15th: 20 protesters total. The sidewalk congestion also caused a SCOOTER CRASH this morning.
Saturday May 16th: SIXTY THREE (63) protesters total 🤬
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About wench

Wench is based in Louisville KY. What started as a Selfcare Health Education Collective in 2005 has bloomed and flourished and exploded and re-rooted and bloomed again and again. We now wench (verb) all over the US and beyond. Many are still in KY fighting for abortion access, repro and racial justice, and bodily autonomy for all.

1 thought on “Week Six with no escorts

  1. Interestingly, cops in NYC are harassing and arresting black people for not wearing masks and social distancing.

    Have you thought about operating a parking valet service so that the clinic’s clients don’t even have to be on the sidewalk?

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