The pro-choice community celebrated on Thursday, November 8, when a federal judge ordered an infamous Reading anti-abortion activist, John Dunkle, to remove posts from his internet website and blog that “clearly constituted a threat” against physicians, staff and patients of several abortion clinics in the region. With pending threats against abortion rights at both the state and federal levels, it is comforting to know that the Attorney General’s office is willing to protect doctors and staff involved with abortion services.
On a daily basis, the frontline superheroes of the reproductive rights movement face villains claiming moral superiority. Like John Dunkle, these protestors barricade clinic entrances, send terrorist threats to clinic employees and physicians, and shove frightening anti-choice propoganda in the faces of clinic patients. In the name of God, they “protect the innocent” by threatening the lives of men and women. But who are they to judge?
I would like to thank those men and women, especially Dr. Mary Blanks and Jennifer Boulanger from the Allentown Women’s Center, who were willing to come forward and stand up against a man labeled as a “domestic terrorist,” by one of the assistant U.S. attorneys. I would also like to thank the clinic staff, physicians, and escorts who work hard on a daily basis to provide women with choices when they need them the most.
Even though Dunkle’s website has been cobbled, there are many more anti’s out there threatening patients and clinics. The infamous anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, who has been disavowed by Operation Rescue, is planning a clinic protest in the Philadelphia area on Saturday, Nov. 24th. We are seeking to train escorts in anticipation. If you are interested, please click here.
Stephanie Chando, Duvall Project Intern