“We were claiming the sacredness of the space and the decisions that women and families make,” says Katey Zeh of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the group that co-produced the first blessing ceremony with Planned Parenthood Metro-Washington.
Police gave Robert Lewis Dear Jr.—the alleged shooter and hostage-taker at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood—a choice: Come out peacefully and stay alive or remain inside and die. Dear decided to live. Imagine if Black people killed by police, like Chicago’s Laquan McDonald, had such a choice.
Planned Parenthood is the perennial target of anti-choice attacks, but the independent abortion providers that perform up to 80 percent of the procedures in the United States are also struggling. Here’s how the campaign against Planned Parenthood impacts clinics that don’t get much media attention or national support.