San Francisco Plans Buffer Zone to Combat Antis Who Swear They Aren’t Harassing Anyone


San Francisco only has one Planned Parenthood clinic in the city, but the activities in front of it are becoming bothersome to the point where the city council will now consider changing an eight-foot bubble for clients into a 25-foot buffer zone around the clinic’s entrance. The expansion is necessary to combat anti-choice harassment, as abortion opponents have been photographing staff and intimidating clients, even if they aren’t sure if the person is seeking an abortion in the first place.

Via the San Francisco Gate:

“Our clients were coming in crying,” said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Adrienne Verrilli, who added that abortions account for less than 2 percent of patient visits. “We don’t want to get to the point where someone gets hurt.”

Planned Parenthood says the problem has escalated recently as some protesters have entered the waiting room. The staff called police last month when a protester walked in, woke up a woman sleeping in a chair, and told her to give up her baby for adoption instead of aborting it, despite not knowing why the patient was visiting.

A handful of protesters, and as many as 20, gather on weekdays outside Planned Parenthood. On a recent afternoon, Ron Konopaski and five other abortion opponents stood on the sidewalk in front of the clinic, clutching rosary beads near posters of fetuses and the Virgin Mary, and signs reading “Women do regret abortion.”

“I think it’s stupid,” said Konopaski, a 79-year-old retired dentist, of Campos’ proposal. “There’s no harassment whatsoever.”

Konopaski may not call it harassment, but it is. Konopaski has been a presence at the site since it opened, even though it didn’t start offering abortions until months later. A MissionLocal article from April 2011 describes his protests and picture-taking and discusses why he and his colleagues decided to protest the clinic.

Two decades ago, Konopaski was pro-choice. He gradually began to believe that an abortion is wrong, even when due to rape. “If someone murders a woman who’s pregnant, they’re charged with two murders,” he says. “Roe vs. Wade makes exceptions to laws protecting life.”

“Some people [abort] children because they are too expensive,” says another protester, a woman who identifies herself only as Mrs. Low. “They must know God will take care of that child one way or another.”

Low and her husband are here, she says, because they are tired of seeing government money wasted on services provided by a business that makes it easier for people to have sex without the repercussions of parenthood.

The goal is to dissuade expecting mothers from getting abortions from Planned Parenthood, and to drive the clinic into bankruptcy. Abortions are, Low says, “a money-making business.”

“The repercussions of parenthood?” No wonder these activists have no concern about whether the people going to the clinic are pregnant or not. Preventing conception appears to be just as wrong to them as terminating a pregnancy.

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  • OGalaxy

    “Low and her husband are here, she says, because they are tired of seeing government money wasted on services provided by a business that makes it easier for people to have sex without the repercussions of parenthood.”

    And there you have it folks. This is not about life or babies or helping the helpless. It’s about not wanting other people to have sex for any reason other than conception. This is biblical patriarchy. These people need to find something better to do and the people of San Francisco need to step up and show its support for PP.

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  • http://nellewrites.net nelle

    The clinic needs more than an eight foot bubble buffer. If PP has greeters on hand, they should consider using an umbrella shield.

  • Dezzydez

    Of course it’s harassment. These protestors are forcibly involving themselves into stranger’s private medical situations that they were not invited into in the first place. How is that not harassment?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=101702379 Laurie Bertram Roberts

    Hell yeah it’s harassment I am sure they behave as much as the protesters in Jackson MS. You can find video of them on youtube at the channel name lifeatthelastclinic

  • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

    Ah, children as “repercussions.” Aren’t all children an unalloyed joy, according to forced birthers? So which is it, antis, are they a burden or a blessing? Can’t have it both ways. I swear, these people really do make our arguments for us, sometimes better than we do.

    • HeilMary1

      Forced birthers are actually addicted to hating us already born losers, and if mother- and marriage-saving contraception and abortions prevent us losers from being here to directly suffer from their pious contempt, then they don’t get their daily hate orgasm fixes. They are Munchausen by Proxy terrorists who abuse us already born as their holy human sacrifices. They should be arrested for their Munchausen by Proxy offenses.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    I’m sick to death of these bullies. Maybe a group of anti-theists should start hanging around churches each week and “counseling” churchgoers as they enter and exit the churches. Give them a taste of their own medicine and see how much they like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Feral.9.Hex Carla Clark

    Jfc! God will take care of that child? JUST like He’s taken care of the thousands of malnourished, beaten, abused, impoverished children not just around the world but right THERE in their own country? Oh… wait….

    Even when due to rape? This guy, if he WAS NO HYPOCRITE, would be saying a woman can’t get an abortion especially BECAUSE she was raped. It would be sick, but at least he wouldn’t be punishing for a biological accident, like the MISOGYNIST he is.

  • http://twitter.com/RosemaryRue Beatrix S.L

    These sidewalk thugs are disgusting. And I bet for as much noise they make about abortion, they vote for politicians who gut welfare and social programs.