On June 6, 2021 when we started this fundraiser, we hoped it would either discourage the Sisters for Life from coming, or if we failed in that goal would have Sisters for Life directly help to fund abortions in Kentucky. There were both results.
There were 117 protesters present on Saturday, June 19. We were glad to see there were only 5 children among the protesters. There were 69 Sisters for Life participating in their “Walk, Run or Bike for Life” rally. It was predicted to rain some yesterday, so that may have discouraged some of their members. However, I do find it interesting last year there were 110 of their members crowding the sidewalk in the middle of some of the severest restrictions from Covid-19. Pandemic=come; Rain=stay home
The Sisters for Life group arrived about 8:15a and quickly blocked the sidewalk, the entrance to the clinic and their overflow of people were standing in the street. It only rained for about 30 minutes. They had umbrellas. Angela Minter was sheltered by the EMW Women’s Surgical Center’s overhang. They had photographers to capture all of their antics. They sang children’s hymns, testified, spoke in tongues and made it extremely difficult for clients and their companions to get into the clinic. Difficult, but not impossible because of the clinic escorts.
We want to thank all the protesters for helping us raise $1,767.42 for Kentucky Health Justice Network. They will use these funds for practical support patients seeking abortions need.
We especially want to send out our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters. We will be sending emails today for pledges we have received. Thank you so much for helping to make this fundraiser successful.
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.
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.
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