Were You Approached Today?

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Did you experience anti-abortion protesters at EMW Women’s Surgical Center?

We are gathering stories about experiences with protesters when going to EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville. Were you a patient who felt scared or nervous around the protesters? Were you a family member or friend who accompanied a patient who experienced harassment? Were you a pedestrian on the sidewalk on Market Street with no plans to enter EMW Women’s Surgical Center, but you were subjected to graphic posters or pamphlets on your walk? Please share your story.

This week the clinic has begun collecting experiences from people facing anti-abortion protesters with a simple checklist questionnaire. The answers to the questionnaire and your comments will be compiled into a report weekly. We plan to use this information in an effort to convince state and local leaders to protect your right to privacy when accessing abortion services. We will not use ANY names or identifying information when sharing your stories.

Please add a comment below. You can use a fake name and your email address will never be published. If you would prefer, you can send your story to our email address: everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com

We will gather these stories in an effort to document anti-abortion protesters here in Louisville aren’t all nice, grandmotherly types who just want to talk.

Thank you for your assistance.

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Were You Approached Today?

  1. I accompanied my daughter to EMW on July 22. As I was leaving the parking garage I was immediately approached by a protester. She walked close enough to me that our arms were touching, her body pushing mine. I never verbally responded to her or looked at her. However, she continued to harass me for bringing my daughter to EMW. An escort approached me and asked if I would like for him to walk with me. Thank you sir!
    When I left the clinic and was headed to my car, the same female protester was on my heels again. She was directly attacking me. She said things like, “How could you leave your daughter alone?” “She could hemorrhage to death in there!” “You are supposed to be a mother forever.” “How could you do this to your daughter?” Her remarks had nothing to do with a pro life stance, she was just trying to make me feel bad. She bullied me all the way to my car.
    I would like to thank all the clinic escorts that were there to help me and my daughter. Your presence meant a lot and you are very much appreciated!

  2. Thank you all for what you do. I was awash with relief when I pulled into the street to park and I spotted the purple vests. The escorts were automatically so attentive: I didn’t even have to say what I was doing. I was very discreetly asked if I was going to EMW. The escorts were all very kind and greeted me with warm smiles. It made me feel not only human, but priority, on such a scary day, when everyone else just wanted to tell me what a wretched thing I was doing. Thanks to the quantity of volunteers and level of organization, my time with the protesters was minimized and I thank you so much for making that morning go as smoothly as possible. No one wants to be called a murderer as they walk into a medical facility, but your calm expressions served as a reminder that these people were only bullies, and not humanists serving the greater good.

    • Also, I was a patient on the 22nd. I was so nervous because of everything I had been reading. You all really made it wonderful. It would have been terrifying without the volunteers. I would have been shaken up so badly I don’t know what I would have done. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. My name is (redacted for publication) and I was a patient at EMW on July 22nd.

    To the escort service, I would like to express my deepest appreciation. The protesters that day behaved like rabid animals; touching me, stepping on my heels, invading my personal space, truly harassing me and my mother. It’s hard to believe that this behavior is legal. It was all very overwhelming and the escorts felt like nothing short of guardian angels. The gratitude I feel is so strong that it makes me emotional.

    I remember walking with one of the male escorts and saying, “Thank you for doing this, like I didn’t feel enough anxiety today.” He said, “That’s why we’re here.” That meant the world to me.

    I dream of a day when we can see more purple vests than protesters. Hopefully one day the escort service will not be needed, until that day I intend to volunteer as an escort as much as possible.

    • Thank you so much for your comment. We are glad we could be of assistance to you. When you are ready to escort, please send an email to everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com and we will let you know when our next training is scheduled. We will share your comment with the escorts.

  4. I was walking with my wife down Market St and encountered the posters of the protesters in front of the clinic, which I gazed at. This was quickly followed by protesters loudly reciting to me abortion “facts”, and in due course turned into taunts that I am a murderer in my heart unless I agree with them.

    Man do I hate bullies.

    I’m also irritated with myself for having such weak responses to their practiced insults, although they told me they would pray for me. The encounter has made me want to be an escort, but I don’t know if I can be stoic enough not to succumb to meeting anger with anger and escalating it into physical confrontation. The fact that I’m still agitated 3 days later worries me.

    • We say all of the time that the antis are our best recruiting tool for escorts. It’s hard not to respond to them at times, but Escorts practice non-engagement and try to ignore them like they aren’t there. With practice, we have found it works to thwart their arguments. We just don’t respond. If you believe you would like to try,please send an email to everysaturdaymorning@gmail.com and we will be glad to discuss it with you.

  5. Thank you for the work you do. Your calm spirits and positive energy were a saving grace to the hatred and vile protesters that do absolutely nothing.

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