Ahhh, once again it is time for 40 Days of Life, the nearly six weeks of the year where harassing women is not only considered totally ok, but encouraged by anti-choice factions.
We’re only two days into the event, and already we’ve seen yelling, intimidation, and at one clinic an assault via holy water. And we still have weeks to go.
And of course, the media loves to cover it. From WAPT Jacksonville:
About 50 people stood in front of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization on North State Street on Wednesday. They sang hymns and held up signs protesting abortion.Anti-abortion activist Amy Martin said she regrets the abortion she had when she was 16.”My baby would be 27 today. That’s not much of a blob of cells. That’s a full-grown person who probably would’ve had a spouse and maybe children by now. It wasn’t just a blob of cells. It was a whole line of my family tree,” Martin said.
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The activists in Ohio also claim this is nothing but prayer vigil, not intimidation. From the News and Sentinel:
Diane Strippel, of 40 Days for Life, from New Martinsville, said the volunteers from Marshall and Wood counties began a vigil outside the building in Vienna where Planned Parenthood has its offices. She said the vigil that began Wednesday will be peaceful with plans to be there until Oct. 31.
“We are not here to condemn any women who come here,” she said.
Strippel said they are asking people to join them on Grand Central Avenue as well as praying in their churches and homes to stop abortion.
“We are calling on God to bring out prayer warriors to pray 12 hours a day for 40 days – the facility in Vienna refers for abortions and gives out the ‘morning after pill,’ which causes an abortion if the woman in pregnant,” she said. “We are not sure if they deal with RU 486.”
Strippel said they plan to have a constant vigil during the open hours of Planned Parenthood five days a week and if possible have a vigil there seven days a week.
But InForum, the Fargo, ND newspaper, manages to actually touch on the cost that these protests have on both the women trying to ontain services and those who provide them.
As for the organization at which the protests are actually aimed, Clinic Director Tammi Kromenaker sees the protests as an intimidation tactic.
“I think its harassment,” she said, standing on the sidewalk with escorts and protesters.
Kromenaker said she’s concerned for her patients “having to walk through a large crowd of angry, harassing protesters.”
Colleen Samson, a 40 Days for Life North Dakota board member, sees the protests differently.
“Our goal is to be peaceful and prayerful. It is never our desire to harass anyone,” she said.
For her, it’s a matter of life and death.
“The truth is, babies are dying every week in this building,” she said.
But Kromenaker believes if people protested another business in the manner in which the clinic is being protested, some changes would be made to prevent it.
Who wants to tell the “40 Days for Life” protesters that the patient they harassed might have cervical cancer?
The Aiken Area Progressive puts it quite succinctly:
What the anti-choicers are doing between now and Halloween is nothing more than a legalized form of street harassment. They are not at these clinics to protest. The anti-choicers are there to intimidate and harass women. Nothing else. Imagine if misogynist men had planned a 40 Days of Catcalling and Boob-Grabbing or the like. It would get shut down before it could even start.
September 23, 2010
- GOP state representative candidate Marston denies anti-abortion stance – Wicked Local
- AUL Action: Planned Parenthood is getting desperate – IowaPolitics.com (press release)
- Why ‘Teen Mom’ Needed An Abortion – The Stir (blog)
- Condoms, birth control prove less effective than simple abstinence – K-State Collegian
- MDGs: Donors hold key to HIV-free generation – Plus News
- Teaching Sex Ed to Teens During Week of Action – Public News Service
- Superintendent has parent’s support – News-Leader.com
- Christine O’Donnell’s real roots – Los Angeles Times
- Bayonne’s new assemblyman is pushing to restore governor’s cuts to women’s … – The Jersey Journal – NJ.com
- Anti-abortion female Republican candidates could change political equation in … – The Canadian Press
- $40 billion promised at UN for maternal, child health – Toronto Star
- Women’s services take quantum leap forward – SILive.com
- Fargo clinic scenes a window on abortion debate – In-Forum
- Fertile imaginations – Toronto Sun
- Rudd puts aid focus on maternal health – Sydney Morning Herald
- Anti-abortion group plans 40-day prayer vigil in Vienna – Parkersburg News
September 22, 2010
- US State Department joins efforts to end sexual violence against girls – Manila Bulletin
- The abortion factor at the UN summit on global poverty – Washington Post
- Troubling upward trend: Oklahoma's teen birthrate ranks fifth in the country – Enid News & Eagle
- Press Conference by Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality, Women’s … – ReliefWeb (press release)
- Many States in Mexico Crack Down on Abortion – New York Times
- New Trouble for Johnson & Johnson Over Birth Control Patch – KPSP Local 2
- HRH Prince Mohamed On Meeting MDG Goals On Natural Environment: We Don’t Know … – Bru Direct
- Final day focuses on maternal health, water and sanitation, and education – UNICEF (press release)
- Pro-Life News: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Colorado – LifeNews.com
- Corrections Dept. might face federal lawsuit over inmates with HIV – WIS
- Tea Partiers oppose abortion, not just deficits – Washington Examiner
- Zimbabwe Drops Charges Against HIV/AIDS Health Workers – Voice of America
- Anti-Abortion Rally Held Outside State’s Only Abortion Clinic – WAPT Jackson
- $4 million ounce of prevention – The Spokesman Review
- Spencer Lauds Significant Strides in Maternal Mortality Ratios – Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
- Births not affected by 9/11 attacks: study – Toronto Sun
- Why NOT Having Sex Might be Good for You – FOXNews
- Burris Amendment On Abortions At Military Bases Gets Tabled With Defense Bill – Huffington Post
- Adolescent health issues examined – Windy City Times
- League of Women Voters to talk health care reform – Blount Today
- `Invisible’ Women to Gain Under UN Agency’s Advocacy Push, Bachelet Says – Bloomberg
- Openly Gay Presidential Hopeful Fred Karger Releases First Ad – On Top Magazine
- Court Rules LA Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open – Ms. Magazine
- As Palin Goes, So Goes The GOP: Growing Number Of Candidates Oppose Abortion … – Huffington Post
- Adolescent Males And Females Receive Different Sex Education Information – RTT News
- Hyde: The Status Quo Is Not OK – Feministe (blog)
- Averting the Grimmest Scenarios – Inter Press Service
- Abortion Providers Say Louisiana Policy Aims to Shut Them Down – Courthouse News Service
- Cut Medicare first – Washington Post (blog)
- Cervical cancer highest in Kelantan – allvoices
- What should be done about the world’s population explosion? – East African
- MDG shortcomings tagged – BusinessWorld Online
- Cervical cancer vaccine developed at CU Cancer Center ready for trials – Bizjournals.com
- Tea Party Candidate Ken Buck Backtracks on Abortion – Politics Daily
- The American Fertility Association To Recognize Media’s Role In Fertility … – Medical News Today (press release)
- Why aren’t women prosecuted for illegal abortions? Readers respond. – Slate Magazine
- Women’s issues and media: Connecting the dots – Commons
- Baltimore Officials, Groups Announce Strategy For Reducing Teen Births – Medical News Today (press release)
- Millennium development goals: Tracking progress on HIV/Aids – The Guardian
- Center For Reproductive Rights Files Lawsuit Against La. Clinic Licensing Law – Medical News Today (press release)
- Amendment 62 – Application of the Term Person – 9NEWS.com
- Personhood proponents sue over analysis in Colorado voter Blue Book – Denver Post