Sunday, December 06, 2015

Mother Jones explores the extreme measures that legal abortion providers in this country utilize to stay safe.

Dr. George Tiller, murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009.
Courtesy of Mother Jones:  

"Unfortunately, facilities that provide abortion care have had to employ security measures that aren't common for other medical practices," says Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, which advises member clinics (including the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood) on how to beef up security. "These measures can range from bulletproof glass to special entry systems, metal detectors to security guards. And most staff at clinics go through drills and training on how to respond to different types of threats." 

Incidents as violent as the one in Colorado are rare. Significantly more common is the targeted harassment of those who work at abortion clinics, most notably abortion doctors, but also their staff. For example, when Jen Boulanger ran an abortion clinic in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she was constantly worried about being followed home. "I felt like I needed to watch my back," says Boulanger, who was eventually followed in her car by an anti-abortion extremist despite her efforts. 

According to data from the Feminist Majority Foundation, in 2014 more than half of clinics in the United States had doctors or staff members experiencing targeted intimidation and threats from anti-abortion protesters, compared with about 20 percent that reported staff members experiencing severe violence, which includes things like arson, bombings, chemical attacks, and gunfire. That means a total of 71 percent of clinics said their workers experienced either severe violence or targeted harassment. Doctors and clinic staff reported having their personal information, including information about their spouses and children, posted on the internet, having their homes picketed and staked out by extremists, and being stalked by abortion opponents. 

This level of harassment, which clinic workers fear could escalate to something more violent (and which occasionally has), has forced both clinics and individual providers to undertake personal security measures unseen in any other medical or professional field.

Some of the precautions listed in this article are the  following:
  • Wearing bullet proof vests.
  • Taking different routes home from work.
  • Never driving your own car.
  • Vary your routine often.
  • And even wear disguises.
Many of these seem like the same precautions used to protect mob informants, or undercover police officers, and yet they are needed to keep individuals providing a perfectly legal procedure safe from harm, or even death.

And it is due to irresponsible rhetoric and a purposeful misrepresentation of what these clinics provide. 


  1. Anonymous6:46 AM

    Bull O'Reilly is responsible for the death of Dr. Tiller. He called him Dr. Death. He got all the nutjobs riled up, and lit the match. Despicable, ugly man.

    1. Anonymous7:37 AM

      Hear Hear!

    2. Anonymous7:55 AM

      More than that, Tiller Tiller the Baby Killer. How much more inciting could that be?

    3. And was never prosecuted for it.

      Major weakness in our criminal law system.

  2. I have a dream. I dream that one day you will have to go through every harassment, guilty-trip, medical exam,and waiting period to buy a gun that women have to go through to get an abortion. Both are constitutional rights. Guns are a hell of a lot easier to get without the agonizing thoughts and shaming you go through to have an abortion.

    1. Anonymous7:38 AM


    2. Anonymous7:56 AM


    3. Anonymous8:02 AM

      In all of us knowing that abortions have been federally legal for years and watching what has been going on for the past few years, by Republicans, is absolutely deplorable!

      Republicans and their ilk are such a problem in so many areas, but their 'anti abortion' crap takes the cake! The women obtaining legal abortions are not the problem. It is their legal right and their decision is their own as is their privacy!

      Vote as many Republicans out of office (women included!) as is possible for 2016! Check their records - how they have voted on the subject in Congress, etc.

      They truly are nothing more than evil upon our country!

      They have made a mess out of the United States Congress - are horribly disliked and do absolutely nothing except bullshit Americans with their idiotic rhetoric!

  3. "And it is due to irresponsible rhetoric and a purposeful misrepresentation of what these clinics provide."

    Fits the common definition of Terrorist.

    a person (or persons) who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.synonyms:

    extremist, fanatic; revolutionary, radical, insurgent, guerrilla, anarchist, freedom fighter; bomber, gunman, assassin, hijacker, arsonist, incendiary

    freedom fighter... whose freedom?

    1. Anonymous7:44 AM

      I also read about this earlier. WHO do these people think they are and that it's their "god" given right to harrass people?

    2. Answer they give is: "God gives me the right. I am doing God's work."

      What would Jesus do? Tell them they are sick and twisted to start with...

  4. Anonymous7:47 AM

    The Supreme Court just dealt a blow to the Center for Medical Progress, a California-based anti-abortion group that released a series of videos in which Planned Parenthood employees appear to discuss the sale of fetal tissue.

    David Daleiden, the pro-life auteur behind the videos, asked Justice Anthony Kennedy to block an order from a district judge to hand over the names of his organization’s supporters and donors. Kennedy denied the request, and Daleiden will have to provide the information to a California district court.

    1. Anonymous3:56 PM

      YES Maybe there is a dog afterall!!!

    2. I bet he refuses or dumps the list and is found in contempt. Pays a fine and walks free.

      This guy needs major prison time and some serious consequences for the deaths his LIES have resulted in.

  5. Anonymous7:55 AM

    The radical, unrepentant ideology of abortion clinic killers

  6. Anonymous7:56 AM

    What life was like at abortion clinics after the Planned Parenthood shooting

  7. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Pro-life? Hardly.

    Inciting terrorism? Absolutely. Inciting terrorism should be punishable by the same statutes as terrorism.

    All those holier than thou pontificaters should be in jail for life.

  8. Anonymous4:01 PM

    Operation Rescue, the terrorists who harassed women, incited violence and killing of Doctors like Tiller are recruiting again. I noticed a long line of people with "Abortion stops a beating heart" and similar bullshit points along a highway to a Planned Parenthood Clinic. These are the same militant radicalized christians who put up websites, personal information, etc on the net. I've been scouring the net for their site, but i'm sure it's the next step.

  9. Why is it not a Federal FELONY for this asshats to post the personal information of anyone they please? Especially if it results in harassment, slander, libel, personal attack or death to the victims of this harassment.

    When are we going to start prosecuting those that INCITE the violence and not just the nutjob tools they control with their hate?


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