Why I Escort

From DailyKos:

I started escorting women at the local abortion clinic after the presidential election in 2004. For me, the election results were a loud wake up cry forcing me out of a life of comfortable complacency. It seemed glaringly obvious that the country and our elected leaders were attempting to dismantle many of the rights I value including women’s reproductive freedoms. Equally obvious was my responsibility to do something in response. Since I’m not one to be easily intimidated escorting seemed like it might be a good fit.

I had no idea what to expect my first Saturday. Of course I was somewhat familiar with the violence of Operation Rescue in addition to the murders of Dr. David Gunn, Dr. Barnett Slepian and Dr. John Britton, but I convinced myself that if massive assaults were occurring at our community’s clinic there would have been some coverage by local media. Fortunately the other volunteers encouraged me to merely observe until I was comfortable with the process.


  1. My local gyn office performs abortions. There’s always a (I’m assuming) Catholic old guy in robes with rosaries and pamphlets near the entrance.

    I always make sure to wear my “End Religion” shirt when I go. He usually leaves me alone.

    One time when he tried to accost me, I told him that abortions tickle. He was not nearly as amused as I was.

  2. As frustrating and pathetic and dangerous as fundamentalists can be, please rememember that they are afraid. For them, God’s love is conditional, and his punishment is collective.

    That is the most sensible thing I’ve heard today.

    We must cure their fear via shock therapy!

  3. I worked for two years at a Crisis Pregnancy Center. I can’t tell you how many misinformed victims of the local planned parenthood came through those doors with tears and nightmares. Most protestors aren’t calling names and threatening hell, in my experience. Most are there because they believe these women are being decieved into destroying human life. I guess there are name-callers on both sides.

  4. Sexual hangups — that’s 100% what this is about. If it wasn’t, you’d have Christian Scientists picketing every hospital in the nation, and Scientologists picketing Psychiatrists.

  5. I also want to add: I thoroughly enjoy cynical-c. On more opinionated posts, I often disagree with the bloggers position, but I like to surround myself with people who disagree with me. Cynical-c has posted things that have challenged my opinions to say the least – but there is also just enough “fun” stuff. I check this site almost everyday.

  6. -I, I’m curious about this statement “misinformed victims of the local planned parenthood ”

    Who is the victim? What are they misinformed about? What exactly makes them a “victim”? I’m really not trying to start a debate, but I’m curious about what you are talking about. Are you saying that women who get abortions are “victims”?

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