Outgoing Indiana and Kentucky Planned Parenthood’s Betty Cockrum talks about the changes she’s seen over 15 years and her plans for the future. Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar

An anti-abortion group  known for displaying graphic images of aborted fetuses passed out fliers Friday with the address of what it said is the home of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s CEO.

“Christie Gillespie murders children. Christie Gillespie lives in our neighborhood,” said the Operation Save America flier that was handed out in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

As many as 50 protesters with the Texas-based organization passed out leaflets and marched with signs on the sidewalks in front of the house and through the neighborhood.

But Gillespie, who became Planned Parenthood’s CEO in July, doesn’t live at that address. She sold the house earlier this year to a couple who has three young children.

“I was surprised that a former residence of mine would be targeted,” Gillespie said. “I’m not sure what kind of research that led them to believe that it was my house, but I hope they didn’t pay for that research.”

The current residents, who didn’t want to be identified, were upset. .

“They certainly don’t want any part of this public mess and don’t support these kinds of tactics,” said Jon Mayes, a representative of the family. “A number of protesters outside and circulating in the neighborhood asking for people to visit their house. This was very alarming and very unsettling for them and still is giving them great worry and anxiety.”

The Operation Save America tactic didn’t surprise Gillespie, who said being a target of anti-abortion groups is an expected part of her job.

“It’s assumed that all the presidents and CEOS of the (Planned Parenthood) affiliates could be named publicly like that,” she said. “You know that when you apply for these kinds of jobs.”

About 75 members of Operation Save America have been in Indianapolis since Wednesday, targeting different locations to protest, leaflet, display graphic imagery and hold prayer services, said Ante Pavkovic, one of the group’s leaders. They plan to leave Sunday.

Pavkovic, who is from North Carolina, said he didn’t know how the organization got the wrong address.

“We’re sorry we didn’t have the right information,” he said. “We don’t want to be wrong about things. It’s just an unfortunate mistake.”

Regina Eaton was driving her 7-year-old son Fenix to school Friday morning when a woman at a stop sign at 42nd Street and College Avenue stepped up to her car’s back window. Eaton thought she was from a nearby church, handing out information. So she rolled down Fenix’s window.

The woman handed the boy one of the fliers.

“Fenix opened it up, and he looked at me,” she said. “… All I saw, which is what my son saw, which was a dismembered fetus.”

Eaton told the woman she was a supporter of Planned Parenthood. She said the woman called her a sinner and that she’d pray for her. Fenix started asking Eaton questions.

“I just started crying, and I drove away,” she said. “He’s asking questions like, ‘Mom did you do something bad? Are you going to hell?’ I didn’t even have time to sit him down to explain to him what it meant because he had to go to school.”

Eaton said she went out later and screamed at the group of protesters to leave her neighborhood. She posted the account to the neighborhood’s Facebook group, which garnered dozens of comments from neighbors expressing concern about the protests.

“They succeeded in their mission today,” she said. “They did. They succeeded in getting people like me emotional today.”

Pavkovic said parents don’t want their children to see the images of bloodied fetuses because “the momentum of the people in our nation is to live in denial.”

“The kids are upset because children are honest and they look at the pictures and they go, ‘That’s a baby. Why would they hurt the baby?'” Pavkovic said. “To be upset with us is an irrational misplaced outrage. We’re not the ones hurting the children.”

Pavkovic compared the photos they distribute to photos of lynchings that were publicized during the Civil Rights movement.

“Those photos began to change the tide and public sentiment,” he said. “They’re not pretty pictures to look at today.”

The Operation Save America protest is a distraction, Gillespie said, and it’s one she plans to ignore.

“Our focus is on providing high-quality reproductive health care to the people who need it,” she said. “That’s what we focus on. We don’t focus on distractions like this.”

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2017/11/03/anti-abortion-group-targets-indiana-planned-parenthood-ceos-house-but-gets-address-wrong/829874001/

2 Responses to “Anti-abortion group targets Indiana Planned Parenthood CEO’s house — but gets address wrong”

  1. John Dunkle Says:

    This one I read because that’s my shtick. Ya gotta be careful though. Gillespie’s a killers’ helper. God decides who the murderers are just as he will decide who the adulterers are. Hey, he might decide I’m a murderer because he gave me the grace to do a lot more than I’m doing to oppose this holocaust. But God bless those folks. Wish we had a few more like them here in Pennsylvania.

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  2. Action, not thinking, is the tool of the so-called “pro-lifer.”

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