On Friday, despite below-freezing temperatures, over 80 pro-choice protesters gathered in front of Portland, Maine’s Planned Parenthood clinic to stand up to the anti-choice picketers who have been gathering weekly at the clinic’s doors since last summer. It was a welcome change from most Friday mornings, when the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood is usually occupied by a small, unchallenged group of pro-lifers who carry graphic signs of aborted fetuses in an attempt to frighten and shame patients visiting the clinic. As someone who has been harassed by the anti-choice crowd in the past, I sure appreciated the support of my friends and neighbors in calling them out on their bullshit.
Thanks to everyone who came. For more photos and info about today’s action, check out event’s Facebook page.