The Continuing Saga of Escorts

Jeanne d'Arc

Under siege

By Johanna Bos, Faculty Liaison

Once again, we stood at the curbside at 138 W. Market Street to help protect women entering the abortion clinic from harassment and verbal assault by protesters. This time there were ten of us who came as representatives of the Women’s Center at LPTS and we hope yet more will join us the following Saturday, when the support action will be followed by training for escorts at the Fourth Ave United Methodist Church on St. Catherine. This time the mood felt uglier and the tensions were higher than the previous Saturdays. There was a great deal of shouting and shoving. Police were evident in greater numbers. With our greater numbers from the Women’s Center and others, we could form a more solid hedge to let the women through. The leaders of the Escort effort called us “the Presbyterians,” and for once I could be proud of that name. It is surprisingly cold at the curbside; Market Street is close enough to the river to make it a few degrees colder than elsewhere in the city. This is going to be interesting once winter arrives. We will keep you posted as to our adventures.

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About Ha_Qohelet

Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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