Abortion Clinic Protests Are Still Happening in the Pandemic: ‘They Accost Patients Face to Face’

Abortion Clinic Protests Are Still Happening in the Pandemic: ‘They Accost Patients Face to Face’
“They don’t social distance. They block, stalk, push, shove, talk, scream. It’s business as usual out there for them.”

by Carter Sherman
May 26 2020

When Kelly Benzin arrived at the Grand Rapids, Michigan, abortion clinic where she works one recent Wednesday morning, everything seemed normal. Even in the midst of the pandemic, the Heritage Clinic for Women had been drawing about five to 15 protesters a day, she said. One was just setting up his chair as Benzin pulled in.

But around 8 a.m., when the clinic officially opened, Benzin realized that about 25 to 35 people had started to gather outside. Soon, they started to approach patients, handing out roses and trying to talk them out of getting abortions.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/889nnp/abortion-clinic-protests-are-still-happening-in-the-pandemic-they-accost-patients-face-to-face


UK – Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy

Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy
Christian Hacking challenged council order over ‘StopStella’ ad on human rights grounds

Owen Bowcott, Legal affairs correspondent
Wed 6 May 2020

An anti-abortion campaigner who is banned from displaying a poster featuring an image of a dead foetus alongside a picture of the Labour MP Stella Creasy has failed to overturn a council order against him.

Christian Hacking challenged the imposition of a community protection notice (CPN) after he put up the image of what he said was a “24-week-old aborted baby girl” in Creasy’s constituency in Walthamstow, north-east London.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/court-upholds-ban-on-anti-abortion-poster-targeting-stella-creasy


UK – Anti-abortion groups using geo-fencing tech to target women inside clinics

Anti-abortion groups using geo-fencing tech to target women inside clinics
Targeted ads, fake websites, and digital dossiers form a range of technologies used by organisations opposed to abortions

By Michael Cogley, Technology Correspondent
21 April 2020

Anti-abortion groups are using “geo-fencing” technology to target ads towards women inside abortion clinics, a new report has found.

The technology creates a virtual boundary around an area that will trigger a response when a mobile phone enters or leaves an area.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/04/21/anti-abortion-groups-using-geo-fencing-tech-target-women-inside/


USA – Abortion rights opponents in several cities have been cited for violating stay-at-home orders

Abortion rights opponents in several cities have been cited for violating stay-at-home orders

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN
Tue April 7, 2020

(CNN)For some abortion rights opponents around the country, orders by cities and counties to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic have become a point of contention.

In recent weeks, police in several cities have arrested people who continued to engage in anti-abortion rights demonstrations or other advocacy efforts outside reproductive health clinics, despite stay-at-home orders and similar restrictions.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/us/abortion-opponents-stay-at-home-citations-trnd/index.html


USA – As Coronavirus Rages On, So Does Anti-Abortion Harassment and Extremism

As Coronavirus Rages On, So Does Anti-Abortion Harassment and Extremism

3/25/2020
by Micaela Brinsley, Ms. Magazine

In clinics in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kentucky, anti-choice protesters have continued to show up at clinics that provide abortion services, refusing to comply with the pressure for people to practice social distancing and shelter-in-place.

Witnesses have reported protesters gathering in front of clinic doors, walking up to patients, and even “shoving unwanted pamphlets and gift sacks into confused patients’ hands” and through car windows—blatantly ignoring public health recommendations for people to stand six feet apart from one other.

Continued: https://msmagazine.com/2020/03/25/as-coronavirus-rages-on-so-does-anti-abortion-harassment-and-extremism/


New Zealand – MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill

MPs vote to remove abortion clinic safe zones from Bill
In a confused vote in Parliament, MPs have done away with all sections of the Abortion Legislation Bill that would have made legally protected 'safe areas' possible outside clinics.

Mar 10, 2020

The Bill had its second reading in Parliament last night, in which possible changes were debated and voted on ahead of the third and final reading.

Up for debate were 150 metre safe zones that could be established around abortion clinics on a case-by-case basis, to prohibit intimidating or interfering behaviour.

Continued: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/411409/mps-vote-to-remove-abortion-clinic-safe-zones-from-bill


Inside Italian public hospitals, I saw how a US-linked anti-abortion network is ‘humiliating’ women

Inside Italian public hospitals, I saw how a US-linked anti-abortion network is ‘humiliating’ women
An Italian federation of anti-abortion activists, linked to the US religious right, is “infiltrating” hospitals to stop abortions. I saw them in action. (In Italiano).

Francesca Visser
9 March 2020

At 8am on a winter Friday morning, the road to the San Pio hospital in Benevento, a small city in southern Italy, is covered by mist. The hospital’s corridors are quiet, except on the second floor, where abortion-related visits are scheduled to start.

More than forty years after abortions were legalised in Italy, they remain hard for women to access – especially in the south, where most doctors refuse to perform them. In 2017, the entire Benevento province was briefly left with no abortion provider after the only non-refuser at the San Pio hospital retired.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/inside-italian-public-hospitals-i-saw-how-a-us-linked-anti-abortion-network-is-humiliating-women/


USA – The Harassment We Face as Abortion Storytellers

The Harassment We Face as Abortion Storytellers
In a recent study, 60 percent of abortion storytellers reported experiencing harassment and other negative incidents after sharing their stories.

Mar 5, 2020
Jordyn Close & Paige Alexandria

I had an abortion five years ago when I was 18. Ever since I began sharing my story publicly, I’ve received online harassment and death threats—and I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this.

My name is Jordyn Close, and I’m an abortion storyteller.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2020/03/05/the-harassment-we-face-as-abortion-storytellers/


Canada – MLAs share emotional stories as Nova Scotia considers abortion bubble zones

MLAs share emotional stories as Nova Scotia considers abortion bubble zones
MLAs from all parties voiced their support for a bill that would restrict anti-abortion protests

Taryn Grant · CBC News
Posted: Mar 05, 2020

A bill aimed at restricting anti-abortion protests in Nova Scotia received wide support in the legislature Wednesday, with many members sharing heartfelt speeches in favour of a woman's right to access reproductive health care, free from harassment or intimidation.

"In my own life, this is a really resonant issue," said NDP MLA Claudia Chender, who tabled the bill Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-bubble-zone-law-moves-forward-in-legislature-1.5486297


USA – Abortion storytellers and the harassment they face

Abortion storytellers and the harassment they face

By Steph Herold, opinion contributor
02/18/20

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in June Medical Services v. Gee, the first major abortion-related case to come before the Court since Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment to the bench. The case largely focuses on a Louisiana law designed to close abortion clinics by imposing the exact requirements that the Court declared unconstitutional in the 2016 case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Yet this time around, abortion opponents are arguing that only patients, not abortion providers (such as Whole Woman’s Health or June Medical Services), should be able to bring these cases and that nothing prevents patients from doing so. This raises an unusual and pertinent question: is it reasonable to expect people seeking time-sensitive, stigmatized health care to drop everything and sue their state?

Continued: https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/483433-abortion-storytellers-and-the-harassment-they-face