Whole Woman’s Health: Tips for Dealing With Clinic Protestors

It’s that time of the year, again! Pro-lifers flock to clinics around the nation to stand and pray for grown women and families making personal and private decisions. Otherwise known as: 40 Days For Life. This year, our Austin, Baltimore, Beaumont, Fort Worth and McAllen clinics are on the list.

A lot of patients have questions about the protestors when they come in. “Why are they there? What do they want? Why are they yelling?”

The quick answer is that they want you to change your mind from having an abortion, to carrying the pregnancy to term, regardless of what you may know is best for you. And the long answer is that they want to redirect you to places that are called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, where they can “educate you” about pregnancy, the development of a fetus and why they think abortion is wrong. These places are oftentimes religiously affiliated organizations whose primary goal is usually to convince you to not have one. In some cases, they provide moral or limited financial support for women who are going through particularly troubling, yet wanted, pregnancies. They do not refer to or support abortion clinics or your right to choose, they don’t refer to places who provide birth control, and they oftentimes have a cut-off for how long they can actually provide assistance to women in need (i.e. once the child is 1 year old.)

To our patient readers, we have a few tips for dealing with pro-life protestors that may be on the outside of our clinic during the next 40 days:

1.) You don’t have to stop your car for them. Sometimes, our protestors will try to stop you from entering the clinic. The first way is by trying to flag you down as you drive in. It is illegal for them to stop your car and/or block the driveway into our clinic. Call us, or let us know if they try to.

2.) You don’t have to take their materials.  “No Thank You” should be enough. During 40 Days For Life, a lot of protestors like to pass out all sorts of “treats” for the women coming in to see us. From miniature plastic fetuses to pamphlets with gory pictures and sometimes misleading information, a simple “No thank you” should be enough to let them know that you’re not interested.

3.) But if it’s not… and you feel intimidated, call us if you have a cell phone handy. We will send a staff member to personally escort you inside, if we don’t have one waiting outside for you already.

4.) You do not have to give them your name or phone number. We have had instances in the past where pro-life protestors have used this information to personally harass our patients, if they choose to have an abortion. This may be unusual, but it has happened. You do not have to give them any personal information, whatsoever.

5.) They are not allowed on Whole Woman’s Health property (and we are watching!)… The outside of all of our clinics are equipped with security cameras, for patient protection.

Some of them are truly nice people who simply don’t believe in abortion and would like to convince you not to have one because of their own personal reasons, and then some of them will judge and yell and try to make you turn back around or feel guilty (or whatever their goal is). But these aren’t the people who know you best, and they certainly aren’t the people who will be responsible for your pregnancy and/or child for the rest of your life. You are.

Having an abortion does not make you a bad person. Be confident in your decision, whether it’s abortion or childbirth, and remember these tips over the next couple of weeks! We trust your decision, whatever it may be, and we are here to support it.

11 thoughts on “Whole Woman’s Health: Tips for Dealing With Clinic Protestors

  1. Just ask yourself a simple question. Who stands to benefit financially from the abortion? No one on the Pro-Life side does what they do for the money. Can you honestly say the same?

    1. Hi Joe,
      I think I, and all of the people I work with can honestly say that they don’t do what they do for the paycheck, the harassment, the stress, the frustration or the social stigma that comes with the job. If there is one perk to working in abortion care, it’s having the opportunity to help women and ensure that they still have a choice.

      As state funded organizations, CPCs may not benefit directly from money that they receive from clients, but they do receive either more or less money from the state based on “how well they’re working,” nor does it mean that they are unpaid or not reimbursed by Medicaid, or insurance companies. I’m not saying that any single employee of either side does what they do for the financial incentives, but it would be false to say that one side does more than the other. Contrary to what you may believe, I’m not a money hungry abortion salesman, and I don’t work with any either.

      Thanks for your comment.

      1. then why do the Abortionists and the owners all drive very expensive cars and live in luxury homes- oh really it’s not about the money-and if you really wanted CHOICE- why would you be against giving the women all the tools and information they need to make the best decision- such as why do pro-abortionists fight Ultrasound Bills- and have you looked at the salaries of the CEO’s of Planned Parenthood!

  2. All the hours spent protesting could be better spent helping children that are already here. School love volunteers, as do homeless shelters, hospitals, etc. If all the energy spent protesting was spent elsewhere (reading to at risk children in low income schools, rocking babies born addicted to crack, volunteering at Big Brothers and Big Sisters), I think THAT would be helping make the world a better place; rather than bullying women.

    Just sayin’.

    1. I don’t know if I would want these close-minded types around small children. But yes, their time could be better spent actually HELPING people already here…

  3. Hi Joe – I’m not going to explain why a physician who does work in other fields of medicine, or the owner of a large business might not drive a used Honda. More on point, we aren’t against giving women their options, or ultrasounds – both of these were already practices that we were invested in providing to women, before there were even accusations that we didn’t. The only difference now is that a.) through this legislative session, we know that our State assumes that we don’t, which is insulting to the providers and physicians who do care about women making the right decision for their own lives, and b.) whereas certain things used to be optional, they are now unnecessarily mandated by law, with extreme consequences if they are not followed (i.e. Physicians losing their well-deserved medical licenses.)

    We fight it because this is wrong. Government officials opinion rooted in pro-life/pro-choice politics should not have the legal ability to trump well-trained, experienced Doctor’s knowledge.

    Before you continue believing that we’re the only side who “profits from the cause,” please do some research as to what the salaries are like on the opposing side. The records are public.

    A PRC in New Braunfels had an annual salary report of over $800,000 with what looks like 5 paid employees.

    or, to make it easier:

    “Glessner, who earns $100,000 in salary and benefits at NIFLA, refers to evangelism as “the core” of the pregnancy crisis center.

    If we want to be realistic, this shouldn’t be a one sided battle. If your qualm is that we get paid too much to do what we do, while they’re all volunteers for their cause, I would suggest doing some research into the non-profits public financial reports. And then ask yourself which one of us may get paid too much to do what they do (or don’t do – what medical services do they provide women again? I’m at a loss.) Perhaps the answer is in realizing that this whole set-up of the state paying massive amounts of money to PRCs while effectively exonerating organizations who do provide compassionate, non-biased care and medical assistance to women on a case-by-case basis without an inherent goal in mind with every patient they see, should be re-evaluated. What do you think?

    1. Oh, hwh, males like Joe can’t be asked to know anything about the reality women face, especially women in need of abortion services. Nice try, but reality and facts have nothing to do with his bigoted, misogynistic opinions and he’s just looking for an excuse to mask his sense of entitlement to control women, especially women’s reproduction. Just saying what we’re all thinking.

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the awesome article! I have a question if you don’t mind:

    What is the most natural way to stay healthy forever, I mean, even when you are in your 40s? Thanks!

  5. Hi!
    I just want to remind people reading this article that you have many options and no matter what your situation is, there are people out there who will love,support, and help you no matter what!

    Pregnant? Confused? Need help?
    Lifecall: 1-800-662-2678

    Hurting from a previous abortion?
    Rachel’s Vineyard: 877-467-3463
    National Hotline for Abortion Recovery:

    Never forget-
    God ALWAYS loves you 🙂

    Ps. I would like to commend Whole Women’s Health for letting both sides of the fence comment on this article

  6. “Some of them are truly nice people who simply don’t believe in abortion and would like to convince you not to have one because of their own personal reasons”

    Sorry, but “truly nice” people don’t stalk women at medical clinics.

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