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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.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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.

Comments

Katara 1 year, 11 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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PamelaWatters 1 year, 11 months ago

Unfortunately, Katara, they have a permit to be there & we can't stand on the grassy area in front of the camera. We aren't allowed to stand in the street. We did have volunteers stretch a sheet across the driveway, as soon as the patients would pull into the clinic. The camera would have already captured the tag, though. : (

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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classclown 1 year, 11 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"

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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?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

There's just one problem with that. How did Cheryl Sullenger obtain the information to file the complaint to begin with? She filed it on the basis of protected medical information; information that by all right and reason shouldn't have been in her possession. In other words, to continue your analogy, the "witness" was calling to report the break in when they, themselves, were illegally in the house as a convicted burglar themselves. What if that report was made to a friendly entity who was setting up the homeowner to to take their property in a larger scheme? Kristin Neuhaus was set up. She was denied defense witnesses at her hearing. The Board was stacked and packed by Brownback prior to her hearing. To quote a poster on a previous thread, it was a Soviet era "show trial" and nothing more.

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Mike1949 1 year, 11 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!

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Fossick 1 year, 11 months ago

" Intentionally recording private information for harassment should be punishable to the max of the law."

Sorry, Mike. Like it or not, a license plate is not private information, and the Supreme Court has found numerous times that you can have no expectation of privacy on a public street. If you don't like what the state makes available based on license plates, the place to complain is the DMV.

If they actually harass people, that's an issue. But making a recording on a public street is their right, your right, and everyone's right. The power to record people at a public clinic is the power to record police officers beating an innocent person on the street. Be very careful calling for the banning of recording - there are people out there far more dangerous than "protesters" in lawn chairs.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 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.

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Armstrong 1 year, 11 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow. Did I hit a nerve or something?

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Kathy Getto 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow that twist and shout dance sure is a popular one among the "right" crowd, isn't it? These are women's issues based on science, fact and the law, not to be confused with drivvle based on faith and emotions.

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Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

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

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PamelaWatters 1 year, 11 months ago

Here ya go, Armstrong. Some facts about your so called, liberal babble: http://www.religioustolerance.org/abo_viol.htm

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Kathy Getto 1 year, 11 months ago

@armstrong:Seeing mittens as your avatar begs the question: How does it make you feel to know he was adamantly pro-choice in support of Roe v Wade? Lie down on the couch, get comfortable and tell me all about it.

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Armstrong 1 year, 11 months ago

I does not change my mind regarding his ability to run the country. If abortion is your only criterial for voting for a president A) you have issues B) Mitt is a shoe in because Barry has done nothing the last 4 years

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Kathy Getto 1 year, 11 months ago

Not that simple, what about his gun control stance?

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CatTrax 1 year, 11 months ago

So stop reading someone else's page if you don't like what they have to say. Obviously you have nothing better to do than troll.

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Kathy Getto 1 year, 11 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...

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Armstrong 1 year, 11 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

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

Ahh but who is the "bigot"? The person insisting it's their right to impose their religious beliefs on the entire world? Or the person insisting that your religious rights stop when they cross theirs?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

On the contrary, I don't scare easy at all. If one of these yahoos showed up on the sidewalk in front of my house I would either offer them a cup of coffee or deliberately blow cigarette smoke in their face. It would depend on my mood and how much I was willing to tolerate at the time. If I got a 3AM call I'd just leave the phone off the hook. My family can reach me on the cell. I'm retired so they can't take my job. I'm their worst nightmare; someone with nothing to lose.

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 11 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.

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Cappy, you've cut right to the chase. No matter how one feels about abortion, there is NO defending this kind of behavior. You can twist and shout all you want, it doesn't change that one little fact.

"Terrorists, plain and simple."

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BorderRat 1 year, 11 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

Agreed. But you have no idea how easy it is to get license plate info. All you have to do is have a friendly grunt that works in an insurance agent's office.

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CatTrax 1 year, 11 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."

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