On Clinic Escorting

As some of you might know, for the last five months,  I’ve been volunteering as a clinic escort for an abortion clinic. I live in New York City, a very blue part of a very blue state. You’d think this would be an easy gig.

It’s been… interesting! And by interesting I mean “hair-raising.”

I’ve been planning to write a post on my experiences since the first time I escorted. A month ago, I gathered up allll of my courage, and asked Melissa McEwan, one of my personal heroes, if she’d be interested in running the piece on Shakesville.

She was.

*freaks out for a five minutes*

So, if you’d like to read about my experiences volunteering as a clinic escort, you should go over to Shakesville and read the piece: The Truth About Buffer Zones and the Harassers Who Hate Them. 

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As a side note: I’m currently fundraising (alongside my fellow escorts) for the New York Abortion Access Fund through the National Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon (whew, that’s a mouthful). Unfortunately, protesters aren’t the only deterrent to abortion access. Abortions are expensive, and are rarely covered by private insurances. A first trimester abortion costs upwards of $500, and anything beyond that can get up in the thousands.

So if you can, please consider donating to me/my team. Or donating to a local-to-you team (you can search the events to find teams in your area). If you donate to a local-to-you team, it would make me super-happy to know about it – leave me a comment, maybe? I will obviously know if you donate to my fund directly!

Thanks, everyone.


3 Comments on “On Clinic Escorting”

  1. dawnofthenerds says:

    You are an inspiration. As a Canadian, it just blows me away how vitriolic American conservatives can get over this issue. (Not to sound superior or anything, plenty of Canadians think this way. There is some protesting at clinics, it’s just much rarer and much quieter.) I’m really glad there are people like you who are willing to help.

    *jedi hugs if you want them*

    • menadando says:

      Canada has a lot less people than the USA, though. And Quebec for one has a doctor shortage so you can’t get the medical care you actually need there. A pelvic ultrasound will take 6 months through the public system. Who can wait 6 freaking MONTHS for a freaking ultrasound. Please do not start in on Americans.


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