The draconian moves are expected (and intended) to trigger a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade that would affect the right to choose nationwide.
In Kentucky, while Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a law banning abortion after six weeks, one solitary clinic still has a license to perform abortions at the current time. But abortion opponents make women’s ability to access that clinic incredibly difficult.
Now This News has put together a video of what women in Kentucky have to deal with in order to access the state’s only remaining abortion clinic and it’s a harrowing spectacle.
This is humiliating. Women don't deserve all of this redundant bs for simply making our own decisions for our bodies. Women shouldn't have to hide their faces. They deserve to be confident in their decision, not be put to shame. pic.twitter.com/6gFJZwLUvz
— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) May 25, 2019
In the video the patient seeking an abortion is covered with a coat, presumably to protect her identity, and volunteers wearing neon vests labeled “Pro Choice Clinic Escort” walk her to the door of the clinic.
Meanwhile anti-abortion zealots shout and preach at the prospective patient though loudspeakers and approach her saying things like “We can help you,” “Don’t kill your baby,” and even claiming “We’ll adopt your baby.”
Meanwhile the loudspeaker/loudpreacher bellows “YOUNG LADY! YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MURDERER THIS MORNING!” and huge signs that read “ABORTION IS MURDER” looms.
It all has the effect of becoming a dehumanizing perp walk, a walk of shame, and a gauntlet of recrimination which is, of course, exactly the effect the anti-choice protesters were hoping to have.
People reacting to the viral video were horrified by the shame-based tactics on display.
I’ll never forget the words people shouted at me as I entered and exited Planned Parenthood after my 4th traumatic miscarriage. What these people do under the guise of religion is cruel and abusive.
— DejaBlu (@KidKnapt) May 25, 2019
What Would Jesus Do? Would he be heaping shame on those poor women, or would he be shepherding them to the clinic? Remember what he said to the men who were trying to stone the shamed woman to death: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
— Admiral Harriman Nelson (@realAdmNelson) May 25, 2019
This is organized psychological abuse https://t.co/mEBkLELCl5
— Wagatwe Wanjuki ?? (@wagatwe) May 25, 2019
Absolute psychopaths. Let’s not pretend this is anything other than that. https://t.co/CW0NvOcSig
— Ruby (@rubyhamad) May 25, 2019
It’s hard enough to make that decision and then to have to run the gauntlet of the religious zealots too. Really it’s not on.
— Kathleen Stewart (@kathystew23) May 25, 2019
This makes me sick to my stomach. How in the world can people think terrorizing women in this way is OK? https://t.co/Sx6o3zBLIm
— Randall Morris (@RandallCMorris) May 26, 2019
— Mare (@KittyKittay) May 25, 2019
We should be better than this.