wendi woodland kent
Living and Breathing
Faces of the Fight
A Preferred Women’s Health of Charlotte-Charlotte, NC
Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, AL
Choices Women’s Medical Center-Jamaica, NY
The Pink House-Jackson, MS
A Woman’s Choice-Raleigh, NC
Metropolitan Medical Associates-Englewood, NJ
Affiliated Medical Services-Milwaukee, WI
Family Planning Associates-Chicago, IL
Mixed Media on Canvas
Family Planning Associates-Chicago, IL
Albany Medical Surgical Center
Anti-abortion protesters line the clinic fence for prayer vigils. While this particular group is peaceful, they are accompanied by 5 to 6 foot tall signs of bloody and dismembered fetuses.
Upon approaching, this protester immediately began yelling, “You can’t take my photo! Get away from me, you’re in my space! This is my space and you’re too close to me. He then recited John 3:16 over and over again.
“You’re a sinner” he says to me. “Take pictures of these, sinner.” In the background, a clinic escort, laughs that this man is upset I am “harassing” him and am in his space.
A clinic escort and a protester face off. She looks down to check his feet are not over the property line while he yells at her incessantly, calling her a witch, killer, and sinner.
Carol, an abolitionist, waits alongside the alley outside for vehicles leaving the clinic.
Protesters surround a vehicle trying to drive through the alley. The clinic escort advises them to just continue driving while an abolitionist sticks her head through the vehicle window trying to get them to stop.
A sign man assembles his specially made sign which is used to reach over the top of the fencing. The man with his back to me made an effort to not be photographed.
A woman stands outside the clinic fence, arms full of religious and anti-abortion literature. She appeared to have stayed behind from the group who began their day praying on their knees across the street. They all left and went to spend time at the Crisis Pregnancy Center across the street. They refer to this as “The Women’s Center”. This is where they take women they lure away from the clinic.
A man stands outside the fence where all vehicles must exit. He records the license plates of them as well as any other descriptions he can. He says or yells nothing to any clinic visitors and only speaks to other protesters. He is quiet and would turn away from me as soon as he saw me coming his way. The clinic escorts have known him to be the license plate taker for some time.
A clinic escort records the man who has been yelling consistantly for a couple of hours. She wears a portable radio to help drown out the anti-abortion protesters while she’s on duty. At this moment, her radio was playing, “Heroin”, by The Velvet Underground. The man yells at her, “You are a devil woman. You are even listening to the devil’s music! You are a wicked woman, a witch! Doing the devil’s work….”
A man stands far enough in the way of the exit to force the driver to turn wide to avoid hitting him. The driver is then forced to make a two point turn in order to exit the alley. This gives the protester the opportunity to yell or force literature through the window.
A protester stands in the very narrow entryway to the clinic from the street side. He holds up some literature to a woman walking in from the lot side. He urges her not to go in saying, “Women have died in there!”
A man yells across the lot at people entering the clinic while the thin man shields his eyes from the sun to get a better view of them.
A group stands along the fence praying each with crucifix in hand. Along the sidewalk facing the road, are various signs depicting fetuses in the womb as well as aborted.
Carol, who is 6 1/2 months pregnant and wife of Ryan Bouse, Chicago’s leader of Abolish Human Abortion, crouches on the cement outside the clinic fence. She yells at a patient going inside the clinic telling her she is murdering her baby and “God has a plan for him”.
The woman walks up and down and around the fencing over and over for hours. Sometimes she walks back and forth from the Crisis Pregnancy Center back to the clinic.
A man who stood at the small entrance to the clinic all morning converses with the license plate taker. They compare people they have seen at different clinics and discuss the details in his log which include vehicle plates and descriptions, descriptions of people, patients, partners, providers, and clinic workers, as well as noting which women appear pregnant.
An abolitionist quickly approaches a woman walking down the sidewalk. A clinic escort responds quickly and places herself between the two telling the woman she does not have to speak to him. As they walk, the woman tells the man she doesn’t want his pamphlets or to talk. “I’m just going to the bus stop.”
This sign hangs at the rear, but only vehicle entrance, to the clinic. It states the bubble zone ruling but according to a clinic escort, the police do not come by often or even enforce it. “What bubble?” she says.
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