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New York Just Took The First Steps In Ending Abortion Clinic Harassment

This is a major win for abortion access. Schneiderman said in a statement, “The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

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By Genevieve Hatch; WOMEN 06/20/2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. ― New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a federal lawsuit Tuesday against anti-abortion protestors for the unlawful harassment of patients and their companions outside a New York City abortion clinic.

“The tactics used to harass and menace Choices’ patients, families, volunteers, and staff are not only horrifying ― they’re illegal,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

The announcement was made outside Choices, an abortion clinic in New York City’s Jamaica neighborhood. Every Saturday for the last five years, local anti-abortion protestors have posted up outside of Choices to harass patients. This harassment has included following patients with 3×5 grotesque and heavily edited photos of aborted fetuses, following patients to the door of the clinic and attempting to go inside with them, preaching anti-abortion and misogynist rhetoric loudly just outside the clinic entrance, waiting for patients as they exit their cars, and waving pamphlets and fliers into the faces of the patients and their companions. (Full disclosure: I work as a clinic escort volunteer at Choices, and have seen all of this firsthand.)

NY Attorney General Schneiderman makes an incredibly important announcement in Queens.

Posted by Jen Elaine on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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JENAVIEVE HATCH FOR HUFFIEST; Volunteer Clinic Escort Supervisors Margot Garnick, Pearl Brady and Theresa White have spent the last year and a half working to build a case against anti-abortion protestors outside Choices in Queens.

JENAVIEVE HATCH FOR HUFFIEST; Volunteer Clinic Escort Supervisors Margot Garnick, Pearl Brady and Theresa White have spent the last year and a half working to build a case against anti-abortion protestors outside Choices in Queens.