Saturday, March 31, 2012

Payback to Clinic Stalkers

Thank you to my daughter Marie for pointing out this commentary on the Jezebel website about Voice of Choice, a new group that calls people who harrass abortion providers and clinic owners.

The Washington Post first reported on Voice of Choice:

Todd Stave is the owner of a building in Germantown, Maryland, that houses the Reproductive Health Services Clinic.  Dr. LeRoy Carhart provides women's health care in this building, including late-term abortions. 

I heard Dr. Carhart speak two years ago in Minneapolis at the annual meeting of Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options. He risks his life daily to continue to offer women choice--including those who are carrying fetuses that cannot survive after birth.  To force these women to complete all nine months of a tragic pregnancy is inhumane.  This doctor is a saint--he worked with Dr. George Tiller and knows the price he may pay for caring about pregnant women who want to end their pregnancies.

When Todd's daughter began being harrassed at her middle school by protestors, he asked friends to call some of the people who routinely left threatening phone calls at his home.  He specified that the calls had to offer prayers for the anti-abortion callers--but that they could mention the names and schools of family members. 

So this is where legal access to abortion stands in 2012 in the US: harrassment of harrassers. 

Meanwhile next door in Mexico, the Roman Catholic Church continues to prevent women from having legal access to ending pregnancies, and the Pope visits to cheer on the Catholic Church in Mexico.

Women continue to lose their lives in botched, back-alley abortions in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and so many countries of the world--but these protestors in the US don't care about that.

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