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07.15.09 - Watch the first installment of the Center’s three part video series, Intimidation & Harassment: Preying on Providers, documenting the real stories of abortion providers, clinic employees and patients.In this video, shot in Pennsylvania, meet the executive director of a clinic in Allentown who refuses to let harassment stop her from doing her critical work and clinic employees in Philadelphia recalling the nightmare of a blockade of protesters on their front door step.
These videos parallel the findings in the Center’s Defending Human Rights report.
Abortion providers in the U.S. are human rights defenders. They work, often against great odds, to help women realize their reproductive rights. They ensure that all women have access to accurate medical information, a secure place to make private decisions, and, most importantly, access to safe medical procedures.
It took the murder of Dr. George Tiller to focus the media for a moment, but abortion providers face unacceptable obstacles every day in their effort to defend women’s reproductive rights.
These courageous and tenacious professionals are frequently denied governmental and social support for their vital work. The much-publicized murders of abortion providers are exclamation points in what is often a culture of daily harassment and intimidation. Discriminatory legal restrictions and pervasive abortion-related stigma present additional obstacles to their efforts to defend women’s fundamental rights.
The federal, state, and local governments need to recognize that reproductive healthcare workers are human rights defenders. They must take positive steps to fight the harassment, discrimination, legal restrictions, and stigma they experience. These steps are essential to guaranteeing women’s right to access reproductive health services.
What Governments should do:
What you can do: