Well, it’s that time of the year again. Time to sit back and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. So, I’m going to get a little personal and corny here as I share a few thank yous to a few folks.
Thanks to the Lorraine Maguires and the Jane Bovards of the world. Both of these amazing women represent many other women who for years ran abortion clinics. Lorraine was in Charleston and Jane was in Fargo, North Dakota. Unless you have been involved in the provision of abortion services, you cannot possibly comprehend the torture that these women went through for years at the hands of the anti-abortion movement. Like many of their peers, they and their family were terrorized, stalked, harassed, and threatened with bodily harm on a regular basis. At the same time, they were helping 30 or so women a week who had just made one of the most difficult decisions of their lives. Today, both of these women are no longer at their clinics, having passed the baton on to the next generation. But their endurance and, yes, courage is to be commended. I thank you both and those who you represent.
Thanks to David Gunn, Jr. On March 10, 1993 David’s father, Doctor David Gunn, was murdered by an anti-abortion terrorist. The murder was the first that targeted an abortion provider and it made national news. Over the next few months, this shy young man became a symbol for the abortion provider movement. He regularly appeared on television shows, never wavering in his commitment to convince the Clinton administration that the murder of his father was an act of domestic terrorism. He became our national spokesman and ultimately had a private audience with President Clinton on the day that Clinton signed into law the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. A year later, David gave the keynote speech at a gathering of abortion clinic workers at the site of his father’s assassination. I have never been to a more emotional and scary (Paul Hill was there) event in my life. The last I heard several years ago was that David was selling insurance. Thanks, David, for stepping up at a very difficult time.
Thanks to the owners/managers of www.Abortion.com, for providing women a wonderful directory of reputable abortion facilities. As the recent case in Philadelphia shows, there are bad apples in this field as there are in every other field. And, unfortunately, some women are desperate and do not have the resources so they wind up going to the cheapest doctor in town, which might not necessarily be the best thing. The facilities that are listed on www.Abortion.com have been vetted thoroughly, so women should feel comfortable making appointment at those clinics. This domain name could have been used for many other purposes, perhaps for political action. Heck, the anti-abortion movement could have gotten it! Thanks to those involved who secured the name and converted it into a useful tool for women seeking abortions.
Thanks to the doctors: George Tiller, Lee Carhart, Sue Wicklund, Bill Knorr, Randy Whitney, Richard Manning, Gary Boyle, Buck Williams, Bart Slepian. Thanks to Medical Students for Choice.
Finally, thanks to the abortion clinics that gave me the privilege of working for them for so many years.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone – I mean everyone – who reads my blog!
- A Few Thanks are in Order (abortion.ws)
- Turning the Tables (abortion.ws)
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- Groups pleased with Charlottetown abortion rally (cbc.ca)
- For A Change, Kansas May Open New Abortion Clinics [Roe V World] (jezebel.com)
- Personhood Ohio To Try, Try Again (lezgetreal.com)
- Turning the Telephones on the Anti-Choice Bullies – Beacon Broadside (beaconbroadside.com)
- Anti-Abortion ’180′ Film Billboards Rejected by L.A. Ad Companies By Alex Murashko (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- New Low for Right-Wing Anti-Choicers – Exploiting the Holocaust to Push Anti-Abortion Propaganda (tipggita32.wordpress.com)