Saturday, May 25, 2013
Women Harassed By Protestors At Clinic
Several Anchorage women claim they were harassed by protestors at a women's clinic.
Several Anchorage women receiving services at a clinic claim they were harassed by several anti-abortion groups while walking into the building.
Planned Parenthood provides a variety of services to thousands of Alaska women each year, and offcials say protestors are not uncommon year-round.
“We believe that obviously people have the right to free speech and that they should be able to demonstrate and say what they want to say,” Clover Simon, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood in Anchorage said.
Officials say over the last week several women who want to remain anonymous were harassed by protestors while walking into the clinic for services.
“We do run into patients that are intimidated by that,” she said.
On any given day you’ll find different organizations protesting in front of the clinic, including "40 Days For Life", a national anti-abortion group who plans to protest in front of Planned Parenthood until April 17th.
“Planned Parenthood does offer some other services but they are the largest abortion provider chain in America and our goal is to end abortion,” Haylee Shields, with the 40 Days For Life campaign said.
Part of their campaign is to use prayer to end abortion, which means no interaction with patients whatsoever.
“We are here as a prayerful presence, very peaceful, we don’t have any signs that are controversial, they just say pray to end abortion and that’s the main message,” she said.
Clinic officials say their main priority is prevention services and information so that abortion is the last resort for women.
“ The majority of the work we do is prevention and we do more to prevent abortion than anyone standing on the street is going to do,” Simon said.