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Clinic Protesters

Clinic Protesters by Cait McKnelly

This photo was taken at a women's clinic in Alabama. The photo shows (so called) "pro-life" protesters across the street from the clinic. They don't seem to be doing much, chatting among themselves. But notice something. See that camcorder on a tripod just to the right of the crucifixion picture? That camera is video recording every single car that enters and exits the clinic gates. Why do they do that? They are recording license plate numbers.
Do you have any idea how much personal information can be gleaned from a license plate number? Names, addresses. From there you can find out things like phone numbers, employers and all kinds of other personal information.
So why do they want this information and what do they do with it?
Call your house at 3AM, say "Baby killer!" and immediately hang up.
Go to your house and hang pictures of "fetuses" on your fence, spray it with fake blood and put "Murderer" on the sign for all of your neighbors to see.
Call your employer and inform them that you have had an abortion (whether you have or not).
Publish your personal information on the internet as a "baby killer", inviting further action.
Using these tactics they have sent people into mental, emotional and financial ruin. It's a vague form of thuggery that is rarely legally actionable. As much of it is anonymous, there is no criminal to catch. No actual physical harm is done. If by some rare chance a person is caught, they are charged, at the most, with a misdemeanor that doesn't carry jail time.
They wage psychological war. They terrorize people. And they use that potential to threaten women, whether they carry through with it or not. This is the type of war that Troy Newman speaks about when he says of the new Southwinds clinic where Dr. Tiller's clinic used to be, ""The abortion group may have bought Tiller’s old building, but that is still a far cry from resuming abortions in Wichita. If Trust Women wants to provide abortions then Operation Rescue will make sure the business is neither profitable nor sustainable." These are their tactics and ways that they use to obtain their objective.
What is most disturbing is that the state of Kansas harbors these people. Operation Rescue and Kansans for Life are very powerful lobbies in Topeka. They are so powerful that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts permitted Cheryl Sullenger (second in command to Troy Newman at Operation Rescue), a known Federal felon who was convicted of conspiring to fire bomb a clinic in California, to file the initial complaint against Dr. Kristin Neuhaus that led to her license being revoked. And there is no denying that, whether active or passive, Cheryl Sullenger was also complicit in the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

EDIT: I'd like to give credit for the above photo to Leann Johnson. The photo was taken just yesterday at a counter protest to the 40 Days of Life campaign at a clinic in Huntsville, AL. However, it has been pointed out to me that the above person and his camera are not part of that campaign and has been stationed there for several weeks.


CatTrax 1 year, 6 months ago

Well written and scary indeed. It is frightening how much effect religious zealots have had through the centuries. This is just another step in a long history of a small group trying to force their beliefs on the whole world. "Judge not, lest ye be judged."


BorderRat 1 year, 6 months ago

Just a few questions. Isn't license plate information maintained in a State database? How do they obtain this information? If someone with access to this information is running license plate checks for them, they are doing so illegally. I think the KBI needs to look into how this information is being obtained.


Kirk Larson 1 year, 6 months ago

Getting pictures of people going into clinic to try to shame them, extort them. Get pictures of doctors, other medical personnel, staff so they can harass them or hand off the pictures to mentally unstable assassin wannabes.

Terrorists, plain and simple.


Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

Only because the question of how abortion relates to our autonomy and our humanistic views has not been asked or answered. Instead, the religious slave mentality is continually used to determine who gets to be demonized... by religious bigots


tange 1 year, 6 months ago

You know, it's already a fallen situation when women's—indeed, human—rights are framed in terms of access to abortion.


Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

Nope, Just tired of looking at liberal babble trying to be pushed off as fact.


Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? To start with all the hype is from YOUR OPINION and lots of guesses. A little common knowledge ( liscence plate information ) added with hysterical ranting about 3AM calls, really ? Why dont you just tell everyone you are a big fan of abortion, you think every woman should have one and call it good. At least stating you true intentions will save you the trouble of creating these types of blogs every 3 weeks.


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 6 months ago

This is from a person who works as a volunteer for the clinic. location of the above picture.

"As soon as a patient's car would turn in the driveway, we would stretch a sheet across, so they couldn't film anymore, however, there was still time to film the tag and the driver. They have permits for both sides of the street, our side stayed on clinic property."
These are the measures that have to be taken to protect people, in the name of "Freedom of speech". It's the same problem encountered with Westboro Baptist.


Mike1949 1 year, 6 months ago

First, the picture; that man should be arrested and charged with harassment. Intentionally recording private information for harassment should be punishable to the max of the law. If the law isn't strong enough, then it is our legislators duty to make it stronger, like 5 to 10! Two; if our legislature won't do anything (which we all know they won't), then just follow those people and get their plates numbers. The street can go both ways. I know some hackers that would make these people's lives a total wreak. Maybe it is about time to start fighting fire with fire!


classclown 1 year, 6 months ago

"They are so powerful that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts permitted Cheryl Sullenger (second in command to Troy Newman at Operation Rescue), a known Federal felon who was convicted of conspiring to fire bomb a clinic in California, to file the initial complaint against Dr. Kristin Neuhaus that led to her license being revoked"


Let's pretend that I'm a felon. According to the logic you displayed in that sentence, if I were to witness someone breaking into a house or perhaps notice a neighbor strangling his wife, I as a felon should not be allowed to report it?


Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 6 months ago

It's so much easier to see other people's faults than to see your own.


tange 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, for one thing, tonight's lovely haloed full moon isn't overhead.

/ hope you both caught a glimpse


Katara 1 year, 6 months ago

That man isn't giving up his chair for that pregnant lady to sit in. Also the pregnant lady isn't standing on the sidewalk. She is standing on the city easement and that requires a permit for use of city property.

And it would be funny to counter-protest by just standing right smack in front of the camera with a big piece of white cardboard so they can't videotape anyone.


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