Alright, that’s enough scans and videos for now. Here’s a single photo of a small protest at Planned Parenthood last Wednesday:
These folks used to show up on Friday afternoons, but this is the first time I’ve seen them at all in a while. If you’d like to join them, I don’t have any guesses about how they decide when to show up.
MLK Boulevard is visited on occasional Fridays by anti-abortion protesters, who picket outside the Planned Parenthood facility that opened last year. This past Friday, supporters of Planned P’hood gathered in front of the building, though not in as large a crowd as during Wednesday’s rally.
Not a single abortion opponent was seen, or heard, though one gentleman in a white pickup truck shouted, “GET A LIFE AND GET A JOB!” as he cruised by.
The police turned up to warn rallyers to avoid clogging the street.
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There’s a link to info on upcoming Planned Parenthood events at the bottom of this post…
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Some more photos from the rally can be seen on zhx’s blog, too.
On Friday, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides millions of women with birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving services.
Rally with fellow supporters of PP at the Columbia-Willamette Planned Parenthood Headquarters, 3727 NE MLK, from 5 to 6 pm today, Monday February 21st.
Update: see here for photos of today’s rally.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
PPCW Regional Service Center
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212
Join Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette at our new digs for this outdoor summer celebration! Enjoy a fabulous evening with live music from Break As We Fall, henna by Rovinghorse Henna, and tarot card readings with Esoteric Industries. Mingle with fun people while learning about what great things PPCW is doing in your community! While you’re at the party, bid on cool silent auction packages from local businesses! Check out the list below.
Have kids? Bring them too! We have entertainment for the whole family.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Advance tickets are $15. Tickets at the door will be $20. Admission price includes food and beer.
More info at Planned Parenthood’s website.
The 40 Days For Life prayer campaign is underway, having begun with last Sunday’s protests. Here’s a few folks out this afternoon:
In response to the anti-abortion protests at Planned Parenthood, Rebecca Lewis writes in The Portland Socialist (Volume 1, Issue 1, February 2010):
…Although the right is attempting to give themselves a veneer of radicalism by positioning themselves as advocates for children of color, what they’re really doing is taking the sexist and racist position that women, especially women of color, can’t think for themselves and make a conscious decision about how to take care of their own bodies.
Very few of the anti-choice protesters were from the neighborhood, and their argument fell on deaf ears, especially as most of the people who spouted that garbage were white men. The case against the new Planned Parenthood loses even more credibility when one considers that it’s the first and only clinic in the Portland area in a community of color.
The right-wing extremists were also not beyond threats of violence to get their point across. One demonstrator held a sign that said, “Read doctors don’t kill babies.” When challenged to explain the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller at his Wichita, Kan., clinic, he replied, “It’s a good thing he’s not around to commit mass murder anymore.” In another incident, a clinic defender was told by an anti-choice protester that he’d like to take a gun and shoot all the pro-choice activists…
These protests should be recognized for what they are: An attempt to close our clinics and intimidate doctors and clinic staff, as well as women, in order to eliminate abortion as an option for women in working-class communities.