Back in 2010 we began Pledge-A- Picketer as a way to flip the script on those holidays we see increased protester attendance. Events on the Saturdays before Easter, Mother’s and Father’s days have drawn hundreds of anti-choice protesters. In the past, we have had great success using this event to raise funds for Louisville Clinic Escorts. Escorts decided that if the protesters were going to be on the clinic sidewalk in numbers, raising money off their count was a brilliant plan.
This year is no different than past years. We still see large numbers of protesters every week in front of EMW Women’s Surgical Center. Restrictions to abortion nationwide are making it hard for anyone to access abortion care.
We have decided this year to donate any funds raised to the Kentucky Health Justice Network. They are tireless volunteers working to advocate for people needing abortions, plus funding procedures, transportation and other needs for those contacting their hotline. And we need your help!
The day before Father’s Day is by far the holiday we see the most protesters. Here’s a summary for the past four years.
2017- 80-90 including about 40-50 Sisters for Life marching and singing
2018- 120 including 85 Sisters for Life marching and singing
2019- 125 including about 97 Sisters for Life marching and singing
2020- 176 including about 110 Sisters for Life marching and singing
Seriously, 176 protesters in the middle of the pandemic? This year, Sisters for Life is planning their “Walk, Run or Bike for Life” in front of EMW Women’s Surgical Center on Saturday, June 19. That day we expect at least 100 protesters from this group and many more from other groups.
Here’s the fun. You can guess how many protesters we will have on the sidewalk that day. You can pledge any amount for each protester, or you can just donate a set amount. We will publish the count after the 19th so you can know how close your estimate was. It’s like guessing jelly beans in a jar, but it is protesters on the sidewalk. All donations will be sent directly to Kentucky Health Justice Network.
Here is the form to make your pledge.
Want to know more about Kentucky Health Justice Network?
Kentucky Health Justice Network‘s Abortion Support Fund offers funding, transportation, lodging, language interpretation, childcare assistance, and case management to callers facing barriers to abortion care. In 2020 the Support Fund received over 1000 calls. This year call volume & caller needs continue to rise, while the KY General Assembly passed more abortion restrictions, and SCOTUS took up a new abortion ban case putting Roe vs Wade at risk and making the future of legal abortion access in Kentucky even more vulnerable.
KHJN is committed to supporting Kentuckians and is prepared to adapt to whatever is ahead, but the need is already greater than we can meet, and we need more help to support our communities. Even a $25 gas card makes a big difference for someone having to take time off work to travel for care, especially if they are also a parent. THANK YOU for supporting KHJN’s callers.
Make a tax deductible donation of any amount, or become a monthly donor here: bit.ly/DonateKHJN
Read more about the urgent need to shift philanthropic giving to direct support for abortions and practical support here: https://www.ncrp.org/2021/01/a-world-without-abortion-is-already-here-how-philanthropy-should-respond.html