From the Page Administrator
Two weeks ago I started volunteering as a clinic escort at a local women’s health clinic. An escort’s job is to protect patients from protestors while they are entering and exiting the clinic. I knew my services would be needed because the clinics are nonprofit and they cannot afford to hire security guards to protect patients who are visiting their doctors. Having engaged in a few protests myself, I know what the rules are for protestors. I was naive enough to think that a group of church-goers would actually follow the law, but my recent experience has taught me otherwise. There is a huge difference between protesting and harassment, and unfortunately the police in Sacramento, California simply do not care if protestors are harassing people.
Here is a list of some of the harassment that I have encountered myself and have witnessed being done to patients during my first two weeks on the job.
1. Protestors like to trespass on clinic property to harass patients, even though they know it’s illegal. I one time had to literally hold my hands up in front of me to block a pastor from trying to enter clinic property. Yes, they do know it’s illegal.
2. Protestors like to scream insults at the patient after she politely declines to take a pamphlet.
3. When I ask protestors to stop harassing me, they take that to mean that they should scream louder and more frequently. They scream delightful phrases such as “you’re a horrible person!,” “you’re a baby killer!,” “you’re evil!,” and “you’re going to hell!” And when they tire of screaming they just talk endlessly at me about what a horrible person I am. They know I can’t leave my post because my job is to stay outside and protect patients, so they try to constantly insult me in hopes that they can slowly destroy my self esteem.
4. Protestors like to take pictures of me, especially the creepy old men. I try not to think about what they could possibly be doing with those pictures… *vomit*
5. Protestors like to tell me that I am the one who is harassing them, after I have asked them to stop harassing me.
6.. Protestors like to try to convince the boyfriend/husband to force his pregnant girlfriend/wife to talk to them, even if she is crying hysterically and/or doesn’t want to talk to them.
7. Protestors are not supposed to block the sidewalks and streets, but they do anyway.
8.Protestors often bring herds of children with them… who sometimes run into the street while cars drive by.`
This is all I have so far, but it’s only been two weeks. We still have a ways to go before their 40 Days of Hate is over with, and there are all sorts of chromosomes missing from these people.