Escorting at the EMW clinic

Parrish illustration of a tough princess on a quest

Princess Parizade Bringing Home the Singing Tree

Today at the EMW clinic we were there with eight escorts from the Women’s Center to join others who have been showing up since it all began. I am amazed every time that so many of us are willing to get out of bed around 6 a.m., when it is still dark, to go down there and withstand two hours of praying and yelling. And I wondered: when did this all begin? When was it first thought to be O.K. to accost women who go into a clinic for medical treatment?

Today, those of us from the Women’s Center at LPTS were shouted at by a very belligerent man, who said that we were “sick,” and not really women, for being there. Singing is the only thing that will drive a man like that away. So we sang We Shall Not Be Moved, and My Country ‘tis of Thee. I sang the Dutch Frog song and Idomein, adomein, and some other goodies from way back when. It is the only thing that makes it possible for me to be there. I am aware that this cannot be a short-term commitment and am bracing myself for at least a year’s worth of this work.

A part of me, the Dutch part of me, cannot really believe that this is happening, and I see the U.S. sinking into a bog of right-wing craziness. The so-called Health Care Reform Bill that may still pass will be a disaster, putting more and more money into the coffers of the insurance companies. The compromise made in the house on prohibiting federal funds for abortion was a sure sign of the power of the right wing in our government.

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