For administrative staff at abortion clinics, there are no trophies, no fans, and no press, just the satisfaction of knowing they are helping those who need it.
This month brings two anniversaries of note to those of us who are interested in the role that doctors can play in the struggle for social justice: May 21, when pro-slavery “ruffians” invaded Lawrence, Kansas in 1856, and May 31, when George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion terrorist in 2009.
Dr. Chastine fights back against anti-choice threats and intimidation by providing the best possible care to her patients, who often travel long distances as additional political and economic hurdles are put in their way.
2013 not only saw a number of pro-choice successes but also countless hard-working activists and allies who, against tremendous odds, put in time and energy to advance reproductive rights and health and ensure the safety of women and girls of all backgrounds.
RH Reality Check recently spoke with Shane about the film and what it meant to show it in Wichita, where Dr. George Tiller practiced and was killed by anti-choice terrorist Scott Roeder.
Attorneys for Mark Holick argue his “wanted” posters featuring a Wichita clinic operator were protected free speech, but a Kansas judge ruled a trial is necessary to decide.
Tony Matteo, Clear Channel’s operations manager in Wichita, Kansas, announced Tuesday a reversal of the company’s earlier decision to drop the radio ads of the South Wind Women’s Center.
In California, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants will now be able to perform some abortions; a Montana pro-choice leader speaks out; and Kansas sees a win for the South Wind Women’s Center.
This week, Mark Gietzen, chairman of the Kansas Coalition for Life, told the Huffington Post that he thinks South Wind Director Julie Burkhart is “trying to provoke an incident so she can say, ‘Look, these pro-lifers did something.'”
Representatives from the groups argue that the area should be re-zoned to disallow abortions, citing “graphic signs” that children can see if they pass the clinic. Individuals affiliated with some of the groups have been known to protest with graphic signs at the clinic.