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NEWSLETTER  FEBRUARY 1, 2018  |  Vol. 1, Issue 3
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We Take to the Streets: A Special Edition Issue

This newsletter is so young, it’s basically a newborn (three issues old!), and here we are, already putting out special editions. It’s a big week, though: This Saturday, we will march in support of abortion. without. shame. And we hope that you’ll join us.

When: Saturday, February 3, 7:30 am to 10:30 am

Where: 263 Mulberry Street, New York, NY (in Soho, close to the Broadway-Lafayette station)

The Facebook event is here.

Why this Saturday? That’s the day when once a month, every month, the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral leads a group of church members to Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Center a few blocks away to pray intimidate folks and discourage them from accessing abortion care. This time, we’ll be there to discourage them, support patients, and mobilize a visible, vocal, and unapologetic defense of abortion.

Make a sign (slogan ideas below), tell your friends (maybe by forwarding this newsletter to them??), and meet us there. We have one life to live; might as well spend a Saturday morning expressing our highest ideals through pithy, powerful signs and chants with a hundred of our closest friends, that’s what we always say!

Why We Defend Clinics

This WNYC story sums it up. In short: Wendi Kent was thirteen when she got pregnant. She wanted an abortion, but felt too ashamed to ask for one. When she went to the clinic for prenatal visits, she had to walk a gauntlet of anti-choice protesters. “I remember feeling like I was in a tornado,” she says. “I do very vividly remember someone spitting at my feet, and I was really confused — I didn’t have any idea this was a thing, who these people were, or why they were there. I couldn’t really understand why they were shouting.”

Today, Wendi visits clinics to photograph anti-choice protesters. “[Women are] showing up at a clinic, expecting to just walk in and access healthcare and instead you show up, and these photographs clearly show the opposite of what these people like to claim they’re doing, which is caring for women. Really it just shows that they hope to control women.”

Photo by Wendi Kent

She has documented five days at five clinics across the country, with plans to visit three more. Her stories and pictures from the streets in front of those clinics add up to a damning account of a long-term campaign to suppress the exercise of a fundamental human right, a campaign that is tacitly and explicitly sanctioned by law enforcement and government officials and so routine as to be invisible: the earth turns, the sun rises, and private citizens harass and intimidate fellow private citizens trying to access healthcare (but only this kind of healthcare). Wendi’s photographs attempt to sensitize us to the strangeness and cruelty of this arrangement that we take for granted. A vocal, vehement clinic defense strategy attempts to shut that shit down.

Slogan Ideas for Signs

The messaging we’re going for here is a one-two punch of 1) Actually, we have the moral high ground and 2) LEAVE THESE PATIENTS ALONE, FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Some ideas to get you started:

Trust women

Abortion is healthcare / Healthcare is a right

Stop harassing women

Pray to end abortion  forced birth

Keep your rosaries off our ovaries

We are people, not incubators

Forced birth is sexual violence

Priests make terrible doctors

Free abortion on demand

Forward this to a friend and see you in the streets.

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