Across the country, women’s reproductive rights are being attacked. Sometimes these attacks are in the form of shouting and harassment when a woman seeks treatment at a women’s health clinic for either an abortion or for other reproductive health services.
In other instances, they are legislative attacks that attempt to deny a woman access to all forms of reproductive health services, including screenings, contraception, and abortion services. Some attacks attempt to restrict or even ban funding for Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, at the federal level, the effort failed but several states have taken action to restrict funding including Indiana, New Hampshire, and Texas.
Other states legislatures, including Pennsylvania’s have mounted attacks on women’s reproductive health by introducing TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) bills which require extensive renovations that may be physically impossible in existing facilities and are different and more burdensome than those requirements for other medical facilities.
In several states, efforts to ban abortion coverage are under way. Specifically, Tennessee and Missouri, as well as Pennsylvania, are attempting to pass “Stupak on Steroids” bills that will prohibit women who purchase health insurance through the new state health insurance exchanges from purchasing coverage for abortion services with their own money.
Against the backdrop of this wave of anti-choice legislative assaults, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America are targeting abortion clinics in Orlando, FL and Germantown, MD in an attempt to shut these clinics down via efforts to block clinic entrances and harassment of women attempting to receive treatment at abortion facilities in these two cities.
In Orlando, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America attempted, but failed, to shut down six clinics during the week of July 22. In Germantown, Operation Rescue has announced plans for a “Summer of Mercy 2.0” focusing on Dr. LeRoy Carhart in Germantown, MD, July 31-August 7.
Operation Rescue is the same organization that harassed Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, KS for years until he was assassinated by one of their supporters in May ’09. Their original “Summer of Mercy” in 1991 shut down access to the Dr. Tiller’s clinic for six weeks resulting in 3,400 arrests; they are invoking this alarming history again in their “Summer of Mercy 2.0” event.
We’ve Had Enough! Have you?
You can show your support for women seeking abortion services by helping out in Germantown this week. Between July 31 and August 7, volunteers will be needed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. outside of Dr. Carhart’s clinic, located at 13233 Executive Park Drive in Germantown, Maryland. These shifts will kick off with the Summer Celebration of Choice Kick-Off Walk on Sunday, July 31 and continue through the evening of Sunday, August 7. To sign up for a shift, please go to www.summerofchoice.com or contact NOW Field Organizer Anita Lederer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also speak out against the legislation winding its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly by participating in the “We’ve Had Enough” rally on September 27 in Harrisburg in the Capitol Rotunda. Join us totell the PA Legislature to STOP the attacks on women’s health in Pennsylvania! You can sign up at http://www.wevehadenoughpa.org/take-action.html to join in our effort to stop this legislation. Help us fight these dangerous bills and join us in declaring that…
WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!