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Will a 25-foot buffer zone keep anti-abortion protesters from freaking out Planned Parenthood patients? 

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Abortion protester Erika Hathway posts up at Planned Parenthood.
ALL GUARDIAN PHOTOS BY CAITLIN DONOHUE

Verrilli showed me a letter dropped off at the clinic by a Bernal Heights neighborhood mom of a seven-year-old who was "visibly disturbed" by the protesters' signs. Unwilling to let me leave on an entirely negative note, she told me about AB 154, a proposed state bill that would allow advanced nurse practitioners to perform first trimester abortions, making family planning services even more available. The fight for reproductive justice continues, despite dedicated opponents.

Her hope lingering in my ears, I braced myself to go back outside and hang with the protesters.

I asked Hathaway why she spends her days in front of reproductive health clinics. "The truth conquers all, as Shakespeare's Hamlet said," she said, conquering any adherence to literary fidelity. "Eventually, we will win."

She told me that Steve Jobs was adopted. "What would the world have been like without him?"

So many babies are being aborted in the United States, she said, that there won't be enough workers to fund Social Security when it comes time for she and I to retire. This underpopulation theory is a new one for me.

The truth will set you free, right? "Do you need that wheelchair to get around?" I asked her.

"I have arthritis," she told me. "It's not a wheelchair, it's a transport chair."

A young man wearing a baseball hat exited the clinic and Hathaway shouts, "the Virgin does not want you to abort that baby!" I think about the two percent chance that he's there to support someone getting an abortion, and the million other reasons why he could have paid the clinic a visit that day.

"It's her choice," he replied, and continued on his way.

Planned Parenthood 1650 Valencia, SF. (415) 821-1282, www.plannedparenthood.org

Comments

Or were those protests somehow completely different?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2013 @ 9:43 am

They were different

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 10:53 am

I feel sure it suits you to believe that.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 11:10 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2013 @ 10:43 am

but no one has a right to have their "feelings" protected by the government.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 10:52 am

Good to know that next time there is a protest against the BofA, protestors will gave to keep a 25 foot buffer zone away from any bank buildings.

Oh, wait - you don't agree with that?

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

Where people are in slightly more emotionally fraught situations than that of going to open a checking account.

Posted by caitlin on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

"Where people are in slightly more emotionally fraught situations than that of going to open a checking account."

So your desire to suppress free speech is a function of what someone is espousing - got it.

I'm actually in favor of buffer zones around homes and offices to limit the ability of protestors to get into people's faces - but I don't think you get to pick and choose who gets that protection, based on who you like, and who you don't like.

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

Thanks for your thoughts.

Posted by caitlin on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

argues that a safe perimeter depends on what type of institution is being protected.

In SFBG's case, the distinction is rather more obvious. You approve of abortions but dusapprove of big banks, so you advocate a different standard for abortion protestors (typically right-wing) and bank protestors (typically left-wing).

It's the double standard there that's the issue.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

"Only two percent of the visitors to Planned Parenthood come for an abortion."

The ever right-wing Wikipedia:

"PPFA conducts roughly 300,000 abortions each year, among 3 million people served."

Sounds more like ten percent to me...

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

Go to see their OB-GYN more than once a year.

Posted by caitlin on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

There's nothing wrong with abortion - not the choice nor the procedure. It's legal in our country and it doesn't matter how many are done here or in New York or in Alabama - it's not a stigma and it should stop being treated as such.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 04, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

What Hitler did in Germany was "legal" too. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's right. Did you know that the Ten Commandments are the basis for modern law? When a society starts breaking them, it unravels. We are experiencing that now in this country. Talk to any police officer and they will tell you, there job is a lot harder now than ten years ago. Even if you are an atheist, would you want to be killed? It's not a woman's body, it's a separate entity.
It is a stigma because as human beings made in the image and likeness of God, we inheritantlly know killing is an evil. Abortion is killing of a separate, unique individual. An individual that should have had life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Posted by Erika Hathaway on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

People like you would probably torture women who've been raped by forcing them to carry the fetus.

Posted by Greg on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

When Does Human Life Begin?

There is a tremendous consensus in the scientific community about when life begins. This is hardly controversial. If the claim were made that life was discovered on another planet, for example, there are well-defined criteria to which we could refer to conclusively determine whether the claim was accurate. How do scientists distinguish between life and non-life?

A scientific textbook called "Basics of Biology" gives five characteristics of living things; these five criteria are found in all modern elementary scientific textbooks:

1. Living things are highly organized.

2. All living things have an ability to acquire materials and energy.

3. All living things have an ability to respond to their environment.

4. All living things have an ability to reproduce.

5. All living things have an ability to adapt.

According to this elementary definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when a sperm unites with an oocyte. From this moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to acquire materials and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce (the cells divide, then divide again, etc., and barring pathology and pending reproductive maturity has the potential to reproduce other members of the species). Non-living things do not do these things. Even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant, a distinct, unique life has begun his or her existence inside her.

Furthermore, that life is unquestionably human. A human being is a member of the species homo sapiens. Human beings are products of conception, which is when a human male sperm unites with a human female oocyte (egg). When humans procreate, they don't make non-humans like slugs, monkeys, cactuses, bacteria, or any such thing. Emperically-verifiable proof is as close as your nearest abortion clinic: send a sample of an aborted fetus to a laboratory and have them test the DNA to see if its human or not. Genetically, a new human being comes into existence from the earliest moment of conception.

Posted by Erika Hathaway on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

When Does Human Life Begin?

There is a tremendous consensus in the scientific community about when life begins. This is hardly controversial. If the claim were made that life was discovered on another planet, for example, there are well-defined criteria to which we could refer to conclusively determine whether the claim was accurate. How do scientists distinguish between life and non-life?

A scientific textbook called "Basics of Biology" gives five characteristics of living things; these five criteria are found in all modern elementary scientific textbooks:

1. Living things are highly organized.

2. All living things have an ability to acquire materials and energy.

3. All living things have an ability to respond to their environment.

4. All living things have an ability to reproduce.

5. All living things have an ability to adapt.

According to this elementary definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when a sperm unites with an oocyte. From this moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to acquire materials and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce (the cells divide, then divide again, etc., and barring pathology and pending reproductive maturity has the potential to reproduce other members of the species). Non-living things do not do these things. Even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant, a distinct, unique life has begun his or her existence inside her.

Furthermore, that life is unquestionably human. A human being is a member of the species homo sapiens. Human beings are products of conception, which is when a human male sperm unites with a human female oocyte (egg). When humans procreate, they don't make non-humans like slugs, monkeys, cactuses, bacteria, or any such thing. Emperically-verifiable proof is as close as your nearest abortion clinic: send a sample of an aborted fetus to a laboratory and have them test the DNA to see if its human or not. Genetically, a new human being comes into existence from the earliest moment of conception.

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In the case of rape, if a woman has an abortion, she then has two wounds to recover from: the rape & the abortion. Why should the child get the death penalty for the crime of the father? Does this make any sense to you?
There are many children of mothers who were victims of rape and the mother has no regrets--on the contrary they are thankful and cherish their children.

Posted by Erika Hathaway on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

1. Living things are highly organized.

2. All living things have an ability to acquire materials and energy.

3. All living things have an ability to respond to their environment.

4. All living things have an ability to reproduce.

5. All living things have an ability to adapt.

According to this elementary definition of life, life begins at fertilization, when a sperm unites with an oocyte. From this moment, the being is highly organized, has the ability to acquire materials and energy, has the ability to respond to his or her environment, has the ability to adapt, and has the ability to reproduce (the cells divide, then divide again, etc., and barring pathology and pending reproductive maturity has the potential to reproduce other members of the species). Non-living things do not do these things. Even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant, a distinct, unique life has begun his or her existence inside her..

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In the case of rape, women who have an abortion after being raped, then have two wounds to recover from: the rape & the abortion.
Women who have decided to keep the baby have found that baby was the one thread of hope they had to begin to heal. They have no regrets and are thankful and cherish their baby.

As far as the child, they have to hear things like, "I'm against abortion except in the case of rape or incest." You can imagine how they feel when they hear that! When these children tell people they were conceived from rape, they change people's minds about this issue--they would realize their double standard. Why should the child get the death penalty for the crime of the father?

Posted by Erika Hathaway on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

I don't think what you said, it is not the right thing to do!

Posted by Marcel on Jan. 21, 2014 @ 5:14 am

Perhaps 8% come for the prophylaxis and stay for the abortion?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

Planned Parenthood doesn’t exist to help women, it exists to profit off of them.

1st: They meet children in middle and high school, offering to teach sex education classes for teachers as a public service. During these classes, Planned Parenthood workers are careful not to bring up abortion, for they know the negative connotations that come with the word. However, they teach our young women and men that waiting until marriage is an impossible task and that when they are ready to become sexually active to go to them for their birth control and STD testing, not their parents.

2nd: When children come to them, they provide poor-quality, faulty birth control that ensures their profits. Planned Parenthood's condoms, for example, have the lowest possible ranking by Consumer Reports. Furthermore, statistics have proven that contraception does NOT lower abortion or STD rates. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who have abortions used contraception during the month they became pregnant. STD rates are also skyrocketing, with 1 in 4 college students carrying at least one STD, and 1 in 2 sexually active people contracting an STD by age 25.
3rd: They distribute proven abortion-causing chemicals called “morning-after” pills to people of all ages and genders (men can use them to secretly induce abortions) while falsely claiming they do not cause abortions.
4th: They mislead women through claims that abortion is a quick, easy solution to unexpected pregnancies by withholding pertinent information such as the the mental and physical risks, including the scientifically proven abortion-breast cancer link.

And despite all this, in 2012, Planned Parenthood received a record $542 million of OUR tax dollars, performed a record-breaking 333,964 abortions, and had an annual budget of over $1.2 billion with $300 million in profit.

We need to keep up the pressure and educate Americans on what Planned Parenthood is really all about.

And that's exactly what Students for Life of America is prepared to do.

For Life,

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life of America

Posted by Guest Jessica on Apr. 10, 2013 @ 7:51 am

12/18/12

Satan in full control!

Why are we continuously experiencing deadly shootings today by young teenage boys? In April of 1999, two teenage school boys open fired and shot and killed twelve schoolmates, and a teacher at Columbine high school. Throughout the years that followed, their were many other shootings. The latest deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut causing the killing of twenty children and six adults. Why are these tragedies continuously happening in our society?
It seems that after every shooting, the Anti Gun Lobby immediately yells and screams for gun control or banning all weapons from American Citizens which, by the way, is in violation of the 2nd Amendment. But, they would be only treating the symptoms not the root cause!
The root cause is sin that has plagued our once Christian Society. We have turned away from God and his Ten Commandments and have lost his loving protection! This started when the United States Supreme Court declared war on God by their diabolical rulings: [a] ban of pray in our schools. [b] Legalization of contraceptives for married and unmarried couples. [c] Legalization of abortion. [d] Legalization of pornography. [e] Legalization of homosexualality.
The United States Supreme Court has traded our Christian Religion for Atheistic Secular Humanism, the religion of the Satan which is the true manifestation of the forces of evil that has taken over our country! He, Satan has been given complete control of our country by the United States Supreme Court.
Lastly, the natural disasters, deadly shootings, and all the crimes that we our experiencing in our once Christian society are the fruits of Satan!

Ross Foti,

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

Satan in full control!

Why are we continuously experiencing deadly shootings today by young teenage boys? In April of 1999, two teenage school boys open fired and shot and killed twelve schoolmates, and a teacher at Columbine high school. Throughout the years that followed, their were many other shootings. The latest deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut causing the killing of twenty children and six adults. Why are these tragedies continuously happening in our society?
It seems that after every shooting, the Anti Gun Lobby immediately yells and screams for gun control or banning all weapons from American Citizens which, by the way, is in violation of the 2nd Amendment. But, they would be only treating the symptoms not the root cause!
The root cause is sin that has plagued our once Christian Society. We have turned away from God and his Ten Commandments and have lost his loving protection! This started when the United States Supreme Court declared war on God by their diabolical rulings: [a] ban of pray in our schools. [b] Legalization of contraceptives for married and unmarried couples. [c] Legalization of abortion. [d] Legalization of pornography. [e] Legalization of homosexualality.
The United States Supreme Court has traded our Christian Religion for Atheistic Secular Humanism, the religion of the Satan which is the true manifestation of the forces of evil that has taken over our country! He, Satan has been given complete control of our country by the United States Supreme Court.
Lastly, the natural disasters, deadly shootings, and all the crimes that we our experiencing in our once Christian society are the fruits of Satan!

Ross Foti,

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 2:26 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

I have been doing pro-life sidewalk counseling for over 20 years, and I am sick and tired of hearing the word pro-choice being misused by the media, press, and television.
As a pro-life sidewalk counselor throughout the years, I have personally experienced the wrath of the anger, bitterness, and hatred of these, so-called, pro-choicers for exercising my constitutional right of free speech.
In my years of pro-life work at the abortion clinics, I have been assaulted, maced, spit upon, objects thrown at me by passing vehicles, my car vandalized, my life threatened, my graphic posters of aborted pre-born babies vandalized and stolen. I have also been jailed, and I have been sued by Planned Parenthood for things that I never did.
I consider what I am doing, as a pro-lifer, a direct mandate from God, to use every possible means, in a lawful way, to prevent the holocaust of the pre-born babies, who are the future of our country, by being their eyes, ears, and voice.
I strongly feel and believe that the Roe v Wade decision in 1973 will some day go down in history as a grave miscarriage of justice and the cruelest, inhumane, and diobolical crime of the 20th Century.
Lastly, I also strongly believe that mothers who kill their babies by abortion are no more different then the serial killers who kill their victims because they are all acts of pre-meditated murder of innocent human beings!

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

Pro-choice by name!

I have been doing pro-life sidewalk counseling for over 20 years, and I am sick and tired of hearing the word pro-choice being misused by the media, press, and television.
As a pro-life sidewalk counselor throughout the years, I have personally experienced the wrath of the anger, bitterness, and hatred of these, so-called, pro-choicers for exercising my constitutional right of free speech.
In my years of pro-life work at the abortion clinics, I have been assaulted, maced, spit upon, objects thrown at me by passing vehicles, my car vandalized, my life threatened, my graphic posters of aborted pre-born babies vandalized and stolen. I have also been jailed, and I have been sued by Planned Parenthood for things that I never did.
I consider what I am doing, as a pro-lifer, a direct mandate from God, to use every possible means, in a lawful way, to prevent the holocaust of the pre-born babies, who are the future of our country, by being their eyes, ears, and voice.
I strongly feel and believe that the Roe v Wade decision in 1973 will some day go down in history as a grave miscarriage of justice and the cruelest, inhumane, and diobolical crime of the 20th Century.
Lastly, I also strongly believe that mothers who kill their babies by abortion are no more different then the serial killers who kill their victims because they are all acts of pre-meditated murder of innocent human being

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

Pro-choice by name!

I have been doing pro-life sidewalk counseling for over 20 years, and I am sick and tired of hearing the word pro-choice being misused by the media, press, and television.
As a pro-life sidewalk counselor throughout the years, I have personally experienced the wrath of the anger, bitterness, and hatred of these, so-called, pro-choicers for exercising my constitutional right of free speech.
In my years of pro-life work at the abortion clinics, I have been assaulted, maced, spit upon, objects thrown at me by passing vehicles, my car vandalized, my life threatened, my graphic posters of aborted pre-born babies vandalized and stolen. I have also been jailed, and I have been sued by Planned Parenthood for things that I never did.
I consider what I am doing, as a pro-lifer, a direct mandate from God, to use every possible means, in a lawful way, to prevent the holocaust of the pre-born babies, who are the future of our country, by being their eyes, ears, and voice.
I strongly feel and believe that the Roe v Wade decision in 1973 will some day go down in history as a grave miscarriage of justice and the cruelest, inhumane, and diobolical crime of the 20th Century.
Lastly, I also strongly believe that mothers who kill their babies by abortion are no more different then the serial killers who kill their victims because they are all acts of pre-meditated murder of innocent human beings!

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 11, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

To ALL you HARE CORE baby killers, let me give you some good advice. Live and let live!!!!

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

To ALL you HARE CORE baby killers, let me give you some good advice. Live and let live!!!!

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

{Correction}To ALL you HARD CORE baby killers, let me give you some good advice. Live and let live!!!!

Posted by Guest rossi foti on Apr. 13, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

A clinic in California some years ago was never built because pro-lifers successfully managed to shut it down. There was no pushback from the community or the city government.

The pro-life however was for a supposedly endangered...slug.

Compare that to a pro-life group who knows that it will not be very long until history will look back upon the actions of people in this time and wonder: How could they?

Just as we do regarding slavery today.

The irony is that the new slavery doesn't discriminate based upon color. Instead it preys upon those made ignorant by atheism into believing that their worth is from the moment that they are born perfectly, clearly a new addition to the work force. If they are not able to do that, due to being 'outside the budget right now' or 'too much of a drain on the budget in their old age' or clearly 'imperfect' from the womb, then they are pretty much surrendered to the mercy of all.

Unfortunately all, led and educated by government, sees them only as drains. There is no morality, no family loyalty and no selfless generosity in government.

Hence the reason that good people who 'make a nuisance of themselves' are so villified by government and all who unfortunately are enslaved to the thinking that babies have nothing to do with God, family or the future prosperity, health, science, community assistance, joy or freedom of America.

Good people who think of other than themselves and who think of future generations and who know that the baby from conception is a fully breathing citizen entitled to all the rights of American freedom and protection (I know, that's an ironic phrase these days).

True slavery is thinking only as government has told you to and not realizing that there is wall that they've imposed upon your thoughts so that you are no more able to think differently then they want you to, than the slaves of 150 years ago believed they could just walk off the plantation.

Your belief in their lies makes you one of the government dependent society's best hopes to help them exterminate whichever of you gets in their way.

Witness what is going on in the minds of those who don't even think of what their actions tell their children: You were just a choice and had I not felt like it, I'd have done the same thing to you.
The irony of virtue being presented as evil and evil presented as good. It's so biblical...to a society that has no familiarity with an 'ancient book' that is spot on recognizing the ignorance of the present age.

Posted by Lisides Rosary on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

Yes, she's a dog walker.

She owns and runs the Summerhill Pet Sitting service, based in Belmont.

Here's the Yelp page.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/summerhill-pet-sitting-service-belmont

As you can see, she's right there -- walking dogs.

Here's a picture of her walking:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/summerhill-pet-sitting-service-belmont?se...

The wheelchair get-up is completely fake.

She is not merely "bearing false witness" (to say the least) to gain sympathy. Demonstrators that are disabled are exempt from the rules that keep them beyond a certain boundary.

She is intentionally pretending to be disabled so that she can avoid the rule that would otherwise keep her beyond the boundary, so she can more easily harass people coming and going from the clinic.

Does anyone here use Yelp? Maybe someone oughta make a mention of her activities to her potential clients. After all, we have free speech too, right?

Posted by Guest on May. 24, 2013 @ 8:58 am

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