Reposting an email regarding the Supreme Court as they currently hear the arguments challenging buffer zones around abortion clinics… These zones are in place to help protect women and doctors and have been in place since 2007. They are currently risk. What’s more, the New York Times recently posted a very misleading article, suggesting the protesters are simply older women peacefully stating their opposition to abortion.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone who has volunteered or been a patient at an abortion clinic can attest along with me that these are not the standard protesters. The standard protesters are vile, cruel and heartless- in my opinion. Not to mention the threats they’ve posed to women and doctors since Roe V Wade. We need protection. These people are not right in the head and have proven time and time again that they are capable of violent behavior, too often tragically fatal. (Even one death is unacceptable.)
Article begins. Please stand up with me against the NYT and AP…
Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments challenging buffer zones around abortion clinics that have served to protect women and doctors since 2007. This is a high-profile case, and Americans are depending on the media to get it right.
Instead of covering the long history of violence and intimidation that led to this law, though, The New York Times and Associated Press profiled two elderly protesters as the face of this movement.1 We know this is not true. It wasn’t even five years ago that Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in the pews of his church by an anti-choice extremist.
This kind of coverage at such a crucial decision point where the safety of women and doctors hang in the balance isn’t just bad reporting, it’s dangerous and irresponsible journalism.
The New York Times and Associated Press need to hear from readers that they should report all the facts.
Our opponents want the public to think that anti-choice protesters are simply praying or passing out pamphlets. But the real story about what happens outside abortion clinics is scary and the threats of violence are real.
- On July 9, 2012, Francis Grady was found guilty on federal arson charges for starting a fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin in early April 2012.2
- In spring 2012, a series of burglaries and fires that targeted several reproductive-health clinics in the Atlanta, Georgia area put clinics all over the country on alert and launched an FBI investigation.3
- In early 2011, when anti-abortion activists discovered that Dr. Mila Means intended to provide abortion services in Wichita after the murder of Dr. Tiller, they began disruptive protests against Dr. Means’ family practice, and repeatedly stalked Dr. Means.4
In fact, Massachusetts passed its law in part because clinic workers at two reproductive health centers in the Boston area were murdered in the 1990s.5 This law is about safety – it says anti-choice people can protest as long as they stay 35 feet from the front door of the clinic. It’s a reasonable compromise that protects patients’ right to access care without fear of harassment or violence while also protecting free speech.
The New York Times and Associated Press left out this context and history from its reporting, and these omissions are downright irresponsible.
Add your name to our petition – tell The New York Times and Associated Press you’re disappointed in their reports and that you expect better the next time they cover clinic protests.
Thanks for helping to make choice real for all women.
1 – “AP, NYT Help Anti-Abortion Protesters Market A “New Face” That Downplays Threat Of Violence,” Media Matters for America, January 13, 2014
2 – “Jury finds Grady guilty of federal charges,” FOX 11 News, July 9, 2012
3 – “Women’s clinics on heightened alert,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 25, 2012
4 – “In Wichita, the Ground Zero of the Abortion War, a New Clinic Rises,” The Daily Beast, January 25, 2013
5 – “6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case,” The Frisky, January 13, 2014