Again, the Barnard/Columbia branch of the ISO is mobilizing to join the New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense (NYCACD) at Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center to support women’s rights!
Last week, we totally outnumbered the Christian Fundamentalist bigots. But last year they were able to mobilize over 200 at Dr. Emily’s. We want to make sure we are not caught off guard this week. That’s why we are asking students and allies to mobilize Saturday, Oct 3rd.
Dr. Emily’s clinic in the South Bronx has been the target of anti-abortion protesters. These protesters offer free sonograms (administered by unqualified people outside the medical field) and anti-abortion pamphlets and display plastic fetuses in order to try to convince women seeking abortions to change their minds. Worse, the protesters have started a 40-day vigil (see www.40daysforlife.com). Since June the NYCACD, in collaboration with the staff of the clinic, has launched a weekly clinic defense, effectively preventing these anti-choice protesters from intimidating and harassing people seeking services there.
“40 days for life” has launched a massive 40-day “prayer and fasting” vigil outside the clinic starting SEPTEMBER 23. Two years ago, with a similar campaign, they thronged the sidewalk and were able to physically block staff and clients from entering the clinic. This year, our goal is to OUT-NUMBER THEM; to provide safe escort for staff and patients into the clinic, and to let the anti-choice bigots know THEY CANNOT GET AWAY WITH THIS. If they had their way, not only would abortion be illegal, so would homosexuality and non-procreative sex.
We are inviting pro-choice and pro-abortion individuals and organizations to join in. The Clinic Defense Coalition is asking people to RSVP via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT IS TIME WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE WOMEN WANTING TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND TO CONTROL THEIR BODIES!
Saturday, Oct 3rd (and Every Saturday thru October 31)
Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center
560 Southern Blvd
Bronx, New York