This Massive Anti-Abortion Protest Could Be a Sign of Things to Come
This weekend, thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and headed to the state’s busiest abortion clinic, A Preferred Women’s Health Center. The group behind the march, Love Life Charlotte, has been holding the marches they’ve dubbed “prayer walks” for the last 39 weeks, culminating in the huge protest this past weekend, Rewire Newsreports. While small groups of anti-abortion protestors frequently rally against abortion clinics, protests and marches of this size haven’t been common in recent years, signaling that more grassroots challenges to reproductive health access may be looming.
Robin Marty, a freelance reporter who covers abortion access and wrote the article about Love Life Charlotte’s march for Rewire, tells Brit + Co, “Especially since Trump has been elected, [religious anti-choice] groups are getting larger and more aggressive toward clinics. Protests of this size weren’t really happening at clinics before.” She notes that these marches and protests aren’t necessarily becoming physically dangerous (usually religious anti-abortion marches are peaceful), but they are growing in size, which can be a barrier to access for clinic patients.
On Saturday when Love Life Charlotte held its 40th march in a row, A Preferred Women’s Health Center saw half of its usual number of patients, according to Rewire. Marty says that the clinic rescheduled appointments for that day to happen before Love Life Charlotte’s event so that there wasn’t a risk of interaction between patients and the protesters, but even still, the environment outside the clinic was intimidating. Some clinic protesters not marching with Love Life Charlotte were outside, as were about a dozen police offers. Marty explains that this “Creates an environment where you don’t feel like you’re going to an appointment, you feel like you’re stepping into a police scene.”
Scary things have been happening to clinics around the country since Trump was elected. Camille Barbone, vice president of operations at Choices Women’s Medical Center in New York City, told CNBC last December that “[protesters’] behavior has become incredibly more aggressive to the point we’ve had to call the police the last three to four weeks.” She added that protesters were “pushing cellphone cameras into patients’ faces” as they entered or exited the clinic. Other clinics have seen much of the same.
Nikki Madsen, the executive director of the national Abortion Care Network, tells Brit + Co that in addition to increased disruptions at clinics such as the recent march in North Carolina, the organization has also tracked “an increase in other threats to the clinics and staff themselves.” She explains that this includes “vandalism, invasion and trespassing, bomb threats, opening fake clinics next door to real ones, and purchasing clinics out from under providers.”
While marches such as Love Life Charlotte’s are concerning for Marty, she explains that there are even more sinister anti-choice antics going on. On the same day as the massive march in North Carolina, members of an anti-abortion group called the Pro-Life Action Ministries carried out several “red rose rescues.” A red rose rescue is when anti-abortion activists enter abortion clinics and give roses to patients who are waiting for their appointments, and in the process try to talk them out of getting an abortion. These so-called “rescues” occurred in two clinics in Virginia and one in Michigan over the weekend, Marty says. With anti-abortion actions like this happening, Marty says, “Nobody knows if they’re going to be safe from people trying to talk them out of getting an abortion” when they go to a clinic.
There’s also anti-abortion legislation to be concerned about. Madsen says, “Emboldened by the Trump administration’s anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-healthcare stance, some state legislatures have proposed extreme and blatantly unconstitutional anti-choice legislation.”
In the coming years of the Trump presidency, “clinics need their communities to step up and help. It’s so important that people reach out to their local clinic to find out what they need,” Madsen tells us.
With threats to abortion access coming from anti-abortion activists as well as the government, it’s important to monitor what’s going on with abortion clinics both near home and around the country. As Madsen says, clinics will need support in the coming years in order to remain open and to continue to provide necessary health care to patients.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)