My grandmother watched her father die when an anti-Jewish mob broke into their small home and shot him as he lay in bed with his wife. The mob was jubilant and exuberant at his death; their neighborhood priest in
Most members of that crowd called themselves Christians. I think of them when I look at the mob in
I have been working around these protesters and their associates for 20 years, trying to help women get through their ranks into clinics for medical appointments. On a recent stint at an obstetrics-gynecology health center under siege on the North Side of Chicago, I was trying to escort a woman with ovarian cancer through the horde so she could see her doctor.
Part of the crowd surrounded us, chanting “Christ killers!” and “Baby killers!” Briefly, I felt the fear my grandmother must have known.
The police were watching the demonstrators block the clinic but doing nothing to remove them from the entrance. After five minutes, they came to help the cancer patient escape her harassers and return to her car — weeping and trembling. There was no way she was going to get essential medical care that day.
After the police left, one of the protesters said to me, “I suppose since you think it’s OK to kill a fetus you agree that it’s OK if I kill you.”
This is ugly language, but no more hate-filled than the rest of the words and deeds of those angry people who want to keep women from getting reproductive health care.
Why are we allowing such mobs to decide who gets medical care in
Never mind that polls show Planned Parenthood is the most trusted provider of health care in
The foes of reproductive rights are concocting a story about Planned Parenthood operating deceptively because the group built the health center in the name of one of its wholly owned subsidiaries. Planned Parenthood did this because every time it tries to build a new facility, its opponents try to keep women from essential health care.
Four years ago in
According to the
It was only when this mob descended on their town that they decided to act outside their normal protocols in approving this health center for opening.
Isn’t it time we turned our back on the mob and let women get the health care they need?