There’s a video tape circulating on youtube.com showing the outside of an abortion clinic. And, from the looks of what occurs on the tape, it looks like the constant battle between pro-choice and pro-life forces has not changed in years. It’s the same ole, same ole.
The video is from a camera affixed to the New Woman All Women Health Center in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the clinic that was bombed by Eric Rudolph years ago and it has been the target of anti-abortion protestors for years. Recently, the owner of the clinic agreed to surrender the facility’s license following a state investigation that found that two patients were given an overdose of a drug meant to limit blood loss and had to be transferred by ambulance to a hospital. Under an agreement with the Dept of Health, the clinic will cease performing abortions by May 11 and surrender its license by May 18 unless a new provider can obtain an operating license.
Putting that issue aside, the video is what really fascinated me. It begins with Mr. Jeff White, a long time anti abortion activist, and some other heavy set white fellow walking on the sidewalk at the entrance to the clinic. There is a short iron fence supposedly keeping them off of the property but there is an opening for patients to enter the facility.
Suddenly, a sprinkler on the clinic property comes on and the jet spray goes back and forth onto the sidewalk. From what I can tell, the spray is also hitting portions of the street. I am sure that it was a coincidence that the lawn needed watering at the same time the protestors were in range. Mr. White then runs onto the property inside the gate and steps on the spray. About five more protestors arrive. White is clearly trespassing and, about four minutes later, a police car pulls up and the owner of the clinic, Diane Derzis, comes out to talk to the policeman who is sitting in the car. White then steps off the sprinkler and Derzis goes over to adjust it so it begins sprinkling the protestors again.
Then White goes back onto the property, looking like he wants to adjust the spray, Derzis comes over and kneels down but it looks like she puts her hand on White and he then pushes her to the ground.
Then starts the dance.
Other police cars pull up. In the meantime, some nice Christian types join their friends with four big signs with pictures of dead fetuses. The signs are pointing right at the clinic. Meanwhile, the police escort White into the police car (while he is talking on his cell phone) but White keeps walking out of the car before they close the door. I don’t know what is happening there. And the police are surrounded by the protestors who are trying to get their two cents in with the authorities – authorities who clearly don’t want to be there. Everyone is taking pictures, giving their side of the story, all the while White keeps getting in and out of the car. A clinic staff person is also taking pictures. It just goes around and around.
I’m almost starting to feel sorry for these pathetic, old anti-abortion advocates who feel the need to stand outside of an abortion clinic. They’re clearly not stopping any abortions. Hell, I don’t know if they even get a chance to talk to any women who are going into the clinic. They are a total joke, losers who could be umpiring at the local Little League game or working at the homeless shelter at that time.
You know what I think compels some of them to be there? My theory is that some of them just enjoy staring at women who have had sex. It’s a sick thought, I know but I’m convinced that these are the same slobs who will call these women “whores” and who will advise them to “keep their legs closed,” as many of them are want to say.
It’s just pathetic.
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