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The Supreme Court Should See What I See As an Abortion Clinic Escort

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

I have seen countless women reduced to tears and shaking, just for trying to access the health care to which they are constitutionally entitled. That isn’t peaceful assembly. That is harassment, hiding behind the First Amendment.

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Some Clinics See Uptick in Anti-Choice Harassment, Leading to Calls for More Buffer Zone Laws

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri

Reproductive rights advocates around the country are calling for additional safety measures, such as buffer zone laws, to protect staff and patients at reproductive health-care clinics.

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Why the Anti-Choice Movement Is Attacking My Play, ‘MOM BABY GOD’

A recent performance of MOM BABY GOD at Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre.

The anti-choice movement is up in arms over my play, MOM BABY GOD, and I have a simple message for them: Bring it on. We’re not backing down.

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On Buffer Zones and ‘Peaceful’ Clinic Protesters

What relatively peaceful anti-choice protesters may not understand is that their behavior is relative: They’re a physical representation of threats that have already been made, and in some cases executed, in the past and online.

What relatively peaceful anti-choice protesters may not understand is that their behavior is relative: They’re a physical representation of threats that have already been made, and in some cases executed, in the past and online.

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Talking to Men Who Are Clinic Escorts

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood entrance stand against anti-choice protesters.

I decided to track down some cisgender men to find out what escorting has meant to them, and to better understand why they volunteer to wake up early and stand outside an abortion clinic for hours.

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New York City’s Embrace of Volunteer Clinic Escort Program Sends Anti-Choicers into Meltdown

New York City is helping train volunteers for a clinic escort program that will help patients seeking abortion get past anti-choice militants who crowd around clinics slinging invective. Anti-choice whining about this is unintentionally revealing. 

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New York City Launches Clinic Escort Program, Anti-Choicers Offended By “Government Interference”

Merle Hoffman (left) with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. Photo: Azi Paybarah/flickr via Capital NY.

Apparently government is only allowed to get involved in clinic operations if it is in order to pass restrictions for women seeking pregnancy terminations.

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Attorney/Clinic Escort/Self-Described Male Feminist Speaks Out on Abortion and Contraception

I really feel that we’re continually fighting a rearguard here. Obama has maintained the status quo (probably) on the Supreme Court. I don’t see a Freedom of Choice Act passing anytime soon. The anti-choicers are out to stop contraception generally, not just abortion, because pregnancy is supposed to be God’s punishment for “easy women.” Combined with Dr. Tiller’s murder and the generally lukewarm response, along with the lack of training for new doctors in abortion care, I worry that we’re going to be seeing a further decline in availability for quite some time.

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PSLweb: Gay Man Assaulted While Acting as Clinic Escort, Protecting Women’s Rights

Charles Wright, a 50-year-old gay man and former vice-president of Cleveland’s National Organization for Women, was assaulted by protestors outside a clinic at which he serves as an escort for women seeking services.

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Mother’s Day, at an Abortion Clinic

Escorts stand shoulder to shoulder, bound to strangers in an effort to offer a kind word or two to clients who are exercising their right to make a compassionate, informed, responsible decision, a motherly choice.

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