Why We Counter-Protest

Anti-abortion groups have called a nationwide day of protest at Planned Parenthood clinics on February 11 to support defunding the women’s health-care provider. They intend, according to their website, “to call on Congress and President Trump to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding and reallocate those funds to health centers that help disadvantaged women without destroying human life through abortion.”

It should go without saying that the bigots behind this mobilization, such as the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, care not one iota for women, “disadvantaged” or otherwise. They’re part of a long, right-wing tradition of harassing and shaming women entering clinics and imposing legal restrictions on abortion that make access to services increasingly nonexistent for the majority of women in the United States.

Thankfully, women around the country have instinctively responded by starting up Facebook pages encouraging people to counter-protest the bigots who will be showing up at Planned Parenthood clinics.

But in what may seem like a strange response, Planned Parenthood has asked that supporters not counter the bigots at their doors.

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