Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Urgent: North Carolina clinic is being threatened by anti-choicers

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Take Action to Protect a Women's Health Clinic under Attack in Charlotte, NC. And to help FMF's National Clinic Access Project.

Make a special, tax deductible contribution today!

Family Reproductive Health, in Charlotte, North Carolina needs our help now. Operation Save America is trying to shut down this vital women's health care and abortion provider.

Ever since the murder of Dr. George Tiller, threats against clinics and health care workers are escalating. Clinic doctors live in fear for their lives-especially two doctors at the Family Reproductive Health where a wanted poster with their pictures and identifying information were found outside of the clinic. Similar posters appeared before Dr. David Gunn and Dr. John Bayard Britton were slained by anti-abortion extremists in Pensacola, Florida.

Feminist Majority Foundation National Clinic Access Project senior staff, our legal coordinator and our director of law enforcement liaison just traveled to Charlotte to assist the clinic. They met with clinic owner, Deborah Walsh, her medical director and staff as well as community pro-choice supporters. We are determined to do everything we can to keep Family Reproductive Health open and its patients, doctors and staff safe.

Help the physicians, staff and patients of Family Reproductive Health today by making an emergency, tax-deductible contribution. Half of your contribution will go directly to the clinic to help pay for increased legal and skyrocketing security costs - two new video surveillance cameras, video cameras for legal observers, and other enhanced security measures.

This clinic needs our help. Operation Save America leader Flip Benham and his followers - including a registered sex offender -- set up a tall ladder to peer over the clinic's 6-foot privacy fence and scream into the clinic with an amplified sound system. Protesters are allowed to swarm cars and come within inches of doctors and women patients as they enter and exit the driveway of the clinic.

The other half of your emergency contribution will help support our National Clinic Access Project's work to keep this clinic and other besieged clinics across the country safe and open. The demand for our work is dramatically increasing. As I write this we have staff in Nebraska helping Dr. Carhart and his clinic which is also heavily targeted.

Meanwhile, we are also working very closely with Family Reproductive Health, its clinic staff, and pro-choice community volunteers to stop the relentless harassment and threats. We must ensure the safety of their courageous doctors and their staff as well as women seeking health services at the clinic.

Without doctors and clinics to provide safe, legal abortions and access to birth control, there can be no choice for women. Make a contribution today to help Family Reproductive Health and our National Clinic Access Project.

Together, we are making a difference.

For Women's Lives,

Eleanor Smeal
Eleanor Smeal

P.S. The doctors and staff of Family Reproductive Health need your help today. Keep this clinic open and its staff and patients safe - and help clinics nationwide
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