The first two times I went to Planned Parenthood were for an abortion. My boyfriend and I drove past a couple of protesters. I will never forget one sign that read “God loves your baby.” There were no escorts there that day, just the protesters.
The next time went to Planned Parenthood was for my internship orientation. As I drove up to the stop light, a man was standing on the corner with a sign that read “Planned Parenthood=abortions.” As soon as I came up to drive into Planned Parenthood a protester tried to come at my window to give me a pamphlet, but I just kept moving. The fact that the protester approached my car as I drove in made me nervous and it was overwhelming to have to face them just for an orientation.
After that when I arrived at Planned Parenthood for my internship, there were protesters waiting again, but the escorts were there as well. Seeing escorts wave me through with a smile was reassuring. They make me feel secure and happy every time I drive past them. Thank you to the escorts who wake up early, brave any weather, and face protesters each day just to ensure that patients, staff, and visitors feel safe.
—Maria A. (Minneapolis)