Strange Bird (birdofparadox) wrote in prochoice_ms,
Strange Bird

Update on the Clinic protests (please pass around)

Dear Colleagues:

As some of you have heard, Flip Benham and Operation Rescue (or Operation Save America at are planning a protest in Jackson, Mississippi at Jackson Women's Health Organization ( for the week of July 15-22.

The frightening words from their website:
"The Gentle Revolution is making its way toward Jackson, Mississippi, this year, July 15-22, 2006. Pro-life leaders from across our nation will be joining us at the "last abortion mill" in the state of Mississippi. We will be storming the gates of hell in the strong Name of Jesus Christ. Little did any of us know, as we ran to the roar to help those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana, that God was preparing us to return to Mississippi to deal with an even more deadly foe - Abortion!"

They recently picketed the Raleigh Women's Health Organization ( and Susan Hill's home in Raleigh, NC. This is also the same group that attacked Dr. Warren Hern in Boulder last Summer.

On behalf of Susan Hill and the rest of the staff, we appreciate the concern and outrage of all who want to help with this effort in Jackson. Fortunately, many of the events staged by anti-abortionists recently have fallen flat and have not attracted the numbers they have been claiming. We do want to be ever vigilant, and to this extent we'd like for anyone wanting to assist in the defense of JWHO to contribute money to our security efforts.

For obvious security reasons, we're not going to detail our efforts but rest assured that they include professional security services, surveillance, and video.

We're requesting that there be no large counter demonstrations near the clinic during clinic hours. There will be pro-choice events throughout the week at the clinic and in other parts of Jackson, but the area around the clinic is small and not conducive to large groups of people. Patients don't have to walk in a public area from their cars to the clinic. Our clinic parking lot is attached to the building, so there is no need for escorts. In our experience, patients aren't able to distinguish between anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators, so any increase in numbers will only confuse them and make their access and comfort more difficult.

We want to hire the most sophisticated professional security detail available to protect our patients, our staff, and the clinic.

If you'd like to contribute to that effort, please send contributions to:

National Women's Health Foundation
Raleigh Women's Health Organization
3613 Haworth Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

We promise that 100% of your contribution will go directly to security efforts at Jackson Women's Health Organization. Betty Thompson is coordinating the events in Jackson. She can be reached at the clinic at: 601-366-2261.

Again, we appreciate everyone's volunteerism and energy, and hope for a peaceful week in Jackson.

Ann Rose
On behalf of Susan Hill
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