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National Day of Appreciation For Abortion Providers
by deb ~: cle-imc newswire Wednesday, Mar. 09, 2005 at 12:25 PM


his appreciation day was initiated in 1996 and was co-sponsored by many national organizations and individuals, as a way to help stop the isolation and create a positive climate for abortion providers across the country.


March 10th was the day that anti-abortion activists decided to elevate their terrorist tactics to a new level---> it is the first day that an abortion doctor was assassinated in the usa.

That doctor was dr. david gunn.


Unfortunately, many people don't realize what it's like on a day-to-day basis for those working in abortion clinics. I ask that you pause, just a moment, and consider what some people who work in clinics deal with daily.

  • it is being an abortion doctor and wearing a bullet-proof vest every day
  • it is being an abortion doctor and refusing to wear that bullet-proof vest every day, and buying a convertible
  • it is being an abortion doctor and needing to wear a wig to do daily tasks--like grocery shopping
  • it is opening clinic mail and considering that any item may contain an anthrax threat----> this terrorist tactic was used at abortion clinics way before 911
  • it is always being alert when arriving and leaving work
  • it is wondering if an abandoned car parked beside an abortion clinic has a bomb in it
  • it is not knowing if law enforcement is going to take your calls seriously

Abortion clinics have functioned on red alert 24/7 for decades.

On March 10--or after that, why not send postcard(s) (no cards, due to anthrax concerns) to thank abortion clinic staff and doctors for continuing their work, despite terrorist conditions and despite baby bush and his buddies!


Also, please remember the following people who were murdered by anti-abortion assassins:

  • dr. david gunn--march 10, 1993
  • dr. george patterson--august 28, 1993
  • dr. john britton--july 29, 1994
  • james barrett--escort--july 29, 1994
  • shannon lowney--staff--december 1994
  • leanne nichols--staff--december 1994
  • officer robert sanderson--off-duty cop providing security--january 29, 1998
  • dr. barnett slepian--october 23, 1998

Then, there are the survivors of shootings, bombings, arson, etc.

  • dr. george tiller was shot in both arms, august 19, 1993, and still practices abortion in wichita, kansas--anti-choice activists have relocated to that area to increase the harassment of tiller and his staff (his clinic address is listed at the end of this--please send them postcards!)
  • emily lyons survived the bombing of a clinic, on january 29, 1998. the bomber wasn't satisfied with just blowing the clinic up. he put nails in the bomb so they would shoot out and do more damage than an explosion. he waited across the street and watched for people to enter the clinic, then detonated the bomb. sanderson, off-duty cop, died. lyons had a hole the size of a fist in her stomach. the flesh from her legs was ripped off and her vision is permanently damaged. emily will not stay silent and speaks about this.
  • june barrett, an escort, was shot. her husband and a doctor were also shot. they died.
  • many others


TILLERíS CLINIC Womenís Health Care Services 5107 E. Kellogg Wichita, Kansas 67218 CLEVELAND, OHIO Center for Womenís Health 11710 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44120 Cleveland Surgi-Center 3535 Lee Rd. Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 Planned Parenthood 19550 Rockside Rd. Bedford, Ohio 44146 Preterm 12000 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44120 MISSISSIPPI--this is the only clinic left in this state Jackson Womenís Health Organization 2903 North State Street Jackson, Mississippi 39216


go to: print up four pages of things you can do to get involved to help out and listen to radio shows

go to: watch the fantastic film made by dorothy fadiman

then, get that film and show it to friends and family have them show it to friends and family and have them show it to friends and family AND make sure you go outside of your comfort zone and show it in public places like churches or libraries or ...

in solidarity,

deb ~:

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