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This Clinic Stays Open! Defending Dr. Carhart

Dr. Carhart is a Hero

In the wake of the assassination of courageous abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of his church on May 31, anti-women forces have now declared Dr. LeRoy Carhart “target number one.” Several of these organizations called for a mobilization on August 28 – 29 to shut down Dr. Carhart’s clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska. Over 100 women and men traveled from 16 states to defend Dr. Carhart, his clinic, patients and staff from these patriarchal misogynists who want to keep women enslaved and subservient. Those who came to support and defend the clinic outnumbered the reactionary anti-women protesters by more than 2 to 1 – one of the largest pro-choice clinic defense mobilizations in years.

This Clinic Stays Open!

After outnumbering the dozen or so (if that) anti-‘s who showed up on Friday, we got out to the clinic at 5am to defend it on Saturday, the main day that Operation Rescue had called for their action. After lining the sidewalk in front of the clinic for a couple hours, cops moved in, spray painted lines down the middle of the street, and forced us to move from the front of the clinic to give all of the public sidewalk and street to the anti-‘s – threatening to jail anyone who crossed the spray painted lines. Shortly after this, a large group of cops in riot gear emerged from a public school parking lot, though they never came across the street to the clinic.

Police lines

Riot pigs across from clinic

After hearing about this outrageous bullshit, Dr. Carhart invited us onto the clinic property to defend it. We lined the edges of the property wearing his “Trust Women” shirts, with our backs to the anti-‘s. When they tried to shout down and videotape the patients, we drowned them out with chants of “Welcome! Welcome! This clinic stays open!”

Trust Women - This Clinic Stays Open!

Debra Sweet, National Director of World Can’t Wait, who was instrumental in organizing the clinic defense, made a statement from the clinic parking lot while we were defending it:

Even though the police completely blocked the street in front of and next to the clinic to traffic, they allowed the anti-‘s to drive their fetus porn truck all the way up the blockaded street to the edge of the clinic parking lot. So some of the clinic defenders countered it with a pro-choice truck of our own, made on the spot (Thanks for the pic Colleen!).
Pro-choice Truck
There were never more than 50 anti-‘s there, and by noon they had dwindled to a handfull in front of the clinic and near a street corner. We stayed in force to defend the clinic till it closed. World Can’t Wait brought a huge banner reading “Dr. Carhart is a Hero,” and at the end of the day many people signed it to be presented to Dr. Carhart.

Dr. Carhart is a Hero - Debra Sweet

Dr. Carhart is a Hero

At the end of the day, Dr. Carhart waved and thanked us from the clinic door.

Read more about the defense of Dr. Carhart’s clinic here.

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Counterprotesting the Pro-Life Action League – Abortion On Demand And Without Apology!

Life Begins When You Stand Up To Christian Fascists - Evanston

The Pro-Life Action League is a Christian fascist organization devoted to taking away women’s access to abortion health care and  birth control, as well as enforcing patriarchal, subordinate, and oppressive relations for women in society. Throughout the summer they are holding a “Face The Truth” tour where they take grotesque fetus-porn posters of supposedly aborted “babies” out to street corners. In fact, on the streets surrounding one of their “tours” in Evanston, IL, the city itself had posted traffic signs warning people that graphic pictures were lining the road ahead.

We were there to say that there can be no “common ground” with these women-hating Christian fascists and to boldly uphold women’s right to abortion on demand and without apology.

Read more here.

Abortion On Demand And Without Apology - Evanston

Abortion On Demand - Niles

Life Begins When You Stand Up To Christian Fascists - Niles

Life Begins When You Stand Up To Christian Fascists -  Niles

A Fetus Is Not A Baby, Abortion Is Not Murder - Evanston

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Without This Basic Right, Women Can Never Be Free – Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Barely a month after Barack Obama spoke at Notre Dame and called for finding “common ground” with Christian fascists and women-haters on the issue of abortion, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country to openly and publicly perform late-term abortions, was gunned down while attending Sunday services in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller was widely known as a courageous, caring man who stood uncompromisingly – even in the face of death threats, bombings, trumped up legal investigations and prosecutions, and attempts on his life – in support of the right of any woman, in any circumstances, to choose whether or not to have an abortion. The assassination of such a hero to the people as Dr. Tiller – and the attempt to deny women the medical care he provided – brought people into the streets across the country to honor his service to the people and to stand up defiantly after his murder to boldly call for “Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!” We gathered in downtown Chicago the day after Dr. Tiller’s murder for a tribute rally and march. Read more about the rally and march here.

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion Demo Women

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology! Nurse

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology! March

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

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