I knew they were coming, but I didn’t expect to see this many people.
On Saturday, 250 protesters showed up at the Fannin Health Center in Houston, Texas, to harass Planned Parenthood clients. They called the day’s protest the “March of the Surviving Youth,” and circled around the health center seven times in a “Jericho March” intended to collapse the walls of the health center, like the story of Joshua in the Old Testament. No such luck.
I and my fellow escorts were vigilant as we guided clients safely from the parking lot to the health center, despite the efforts of protesters.
At one point, a group of them circled around me screaming, “I’m praying for you, ma’am!” and “You are not God’s child; you speak death!” and “You have no idea who you’re messing with!”
This is not a so-called “peaceful protest.”
This is harassment.
But we will continue to stand together in support of comprehensive reproductive health care — including access to safe abortion care.
We will make sure that despite a few harassing voices, we will be here for the millions of women, men, and teens that need access to basic health care.
We will continue to be here for our patients throughout the “40 Days for Life,” just like we have every day since 1936.
I am Emily X.
I am Planned Parenthood.