On Sunday July 27, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on complaints from the proprietors of San Francisco’s largest abortion business. The Chronicle’s article “Planned Parenthood gripes about S.F. Protestors” covered the latest fallout from the Supreme Court’s McCullen v. Coakley ruling, which defended the First Amendment rights of pro-life activists. The article began:
“Planned Parenthood executives say San Francisco police and the city attorney aren’t doing enough to protect patients and staff from ‘harassment and intimidation’ at the organization’s health center on Valencia Street.
‘Each week, as the harassment and intimidation escalate … the city’s ordinances are violated ever more flagrantly,’ Planned Parenthood’s Bay Area chapter leader, Heather Saunders Estes, wrote in a July 22 letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
And when center staffers call police, they are told that ‘there is nothing they can do,’ Saunders Estes wrote.
The latest protest rift was brought on by last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Massachusetts’ 35-foot no-protest zone around clinics.
The protesters now ignore San Francisco’s 25-foot buffer zone as they pass out literature and film staffers and patients entering the building, clinic reps complain.
While other California cities ‘have come out in strong defense of their ordinances,’ Saunders Estes told Herrera, ‘your office continues to dither.’
In response, Herrera said his office shares ‘some of the understandable bitterness and disappointment’ over the Supreme Court ruling and is working with legal experts elsewhere to figure out how to respond.
The real fear, according to insiders, is that defending San Francisco’s 25-foot zone could invite a suit by antiabortion activists – which could leave the city on the hook for big legal expenses if they win.”
The Chronicle also reported that San Francisco’s Supervisor David Campos is weighing in. Campos made national news in January on another free speech issue: he introduced a resolution opposing banners carrying the Abortion Hurts Women message of the Walk for Life West Coast. The banners were hung along Market Street in preparation for the walk. Although Campos’ resolution passed, it was opposed by editorials in both the liberal San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco’s ABC affiliate, KGO TV.
The Chronicle wrote that “Supervisor and Assembly candidate David Campos – who showed up at the clinic Thursday to see the situation firsthand – said police are awaiting a city ‘policy decision on how to proceed.’
‘I hope we stick as close to the (existing) ordinance as possible, because I think the only way to protect women’s access to the clinic is to continue to enforce a buffer zone,” Campos said. ‘Even if there are legal risks involved.’”
An obvious point was made in the comments section to the article: that if harassment really was occurring, it would not be difficult to prove. One commenter wrote: “Get the cameras rolling. As soon as one of them commits obvious battery, show it to the da/cops. If they STILL drag ass, make a citizen’s arrest.”
To which another commenter responded: “Trust me, they are. The cameras are rolling constantly, by both sides, at abortion clinics. The fact that you aren’t seeing damning videos posted, by either side, shows that whoever is crying to the press is waging a less-than-truthful PR campaign.”
It takes courage to protest outside such a sad and evil place. You can be sure the pro-life people are enduring harrassment and insults, yet they continue to witness in such a public way. This is the Church Militant in action. God bless those folks for showing up and bearing witness to the ugly truth of abortion.
You are so right on! If anyone is causing problems it’s Planned Parenthood.
They are the people who are rude and threatening. And in some cases in the United States, prayerful pro life people have had battery committeed against them.
You ought to see the ‘antics’ and rudeness at the San Mateo Planned Parenthood, these people need prayers, big time….and we do pray for them!
Very sad people especially the ‘escorts’!
And Mr. Campos….please return to whatever city or town you came from, we do not need people such as yourself representing the City of St. Francis! I speak as a 4th generation San Franciscan when I speak……
“You shall not kill the child by obtaining an abortion. Nor, again, shall you destroy him after he is born.” St. Barnabas (“Epistle of St. Barnabas,” c. 70-100 A.D.)
“Others drink for sterility and commit murder on the human not yet sown. Some when they sense that they have conceived by sin, consider the poisons for abortion, and frequently die themselves along with it, and go to Hell guilty of three crimes: murdering themselves, committing adultery against Christ, and murder against their unborn child.” St. Jerome (“Epistle 22,” c. 380 A.D.)
Abeca, thank you for these quotes. We should all memorize this quote by St. Jerome: “Others drink for sterility and commit murder on the human not yet sown.”
Let those who would take money to kill unborn children(aka Planned Parenthood) provide photographic and documented evidence that women are being denied the right to pay PP to take the life of their innocent unborn child. Where’s the proof? Surely, they could get documentation in this day and age if this was occurring. Yet, since, no such thing is occurring, they shoot off their mouth and whine about the fact that there are still men and women of conscience in our society willing to stand outside their slaughterhouses and offer real choice for an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.
I currently have a mom-to-be living at my house because of the Pro Life worker in the above picture. This mom felt she had no other alternatives than to abort her baby when the father of the child said “get rid of it”. She was just completing her Masters degree and had to get a job within 3 months or she would lose her Visa to work in the United States and would have to go back to Nigeria where Boko Haram would persecute a women with education like herself. The pro life workers gathered around her and she is now 6 months pregnant, she found a great job and soon she hopes to send for her mom to come live with her and the baby due in Feburary. Everything is possible with the grace of our Lord. She trusted Him, by trusting us, and by the grace of God, she and the baby will have a safe and happy life in America. Praise and God Bless all of the pro life workers in the Vineyard of Our Lord! Especially those who spend hours outside of Planned Parenthood to help save souls.
God will reward you SandraD for taking in this young mother. I pray she and her child will become life advocates – here in the United States and, eventually, in Nigeria as well. One life at a time…
“Everything is possible with the grace of our Lord. She trusted Him, by trusting us, and by the grace of God, she and the baby will have a safe and happy life in America.”
God bless the caring woman in the above photo for being there when this mother needed God’s love. God bless you Sandra D for generously welcoming this mother into your home. Due to the love shown and rallying support of pro-life workers, this blessed individual must be so overwhelmed with gratitude in realizing just how much God loves her and her little one. Beautiful works SandraD!