Justice or intolerance? You be the judge.
Anti-abortion groups often stage protests outside Planned Parenthood clinics to intimidate women who seek medical care. It can get downright scary, too, as anti-choice protesters will often stalk and threaten patients. They’ll gather information such as names, addresses, and workplaces and post it so any anti-abortion nut can see it, which puts women’s lives and those of their family and friends in serious jeopardy. And it’s only getting worse because Donald Trump is president.
Take Dr. George Tiller for example. He was gunned down in his church in Kansas after anti-abortion groups repeatedly targeted him.
Also, these protests have sometimes led to Planned Parenthood clinics being firebombed in despicable acts of terrorism.
So, when anti-choice protesters from “Students for Life” showed up at a clinic in Virginia over the weekend, one woman had had enough of the harassment and knocked one of them out.
In the video below, you can see two protesters yelling something at a woman exiting the facility. The woman walks right up to the pair and slaps one of them so hard that she spins around and falls to the ground. The video itself chose to start recording at the opportune moment to make the two harassers look like angels and erase the fact they said horrible things to this woman to invoke the violence.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
The organization claims that the girl who got slapped was only 15-years-old, and proceeded to whine about how their free speech and right to peaceful protest is being attacked.
Of course, anti-abortion groups should never put minors in a situation where confrontations often occur. That’s what the law calls child endangerment. You’re also a little young to be worrying about pregnancy and abortion.
And while they want to whine about their rights being attacked, they apparently don’t feel the same way when they attack a woman’s constitutional right to choose. I’m pretty sure intimidation, stalking, and death threats are not protected by the constitution.
Roanoke police are investigating the incident, and they will likely do a better job than they do protecting Planned Parenthood and the women who seek care there.
Planned Parenthood released a statement denying that it was a staff member who delivered the knockout blow and pointed out that anti-abortion groups often make patients and staff feel unsafe.
“Planned Parenthood adheres to a strict non-engagement policy in the presence of members of the opposition. Consistent with that policy, the person involved in the December 2nd incident was not a Planned Parenthood staff member. Oppositional protests are designed to intimidate the many patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood. The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, and Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place to ensure that our health centers are safe, supportive and welcoming environments for all people to get the high-quality health care they need.”
Indeed, most Planned Parenthood patients do not go there seeking an abortion. Many seek contraception services, cancer screenings, and many other services. Abortion services only account for 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s medical services.