Atheist Community of Tulsa counter-protesting aggressive anti-abortion group tactics

By Tyler Butler

It has been a week of demonstrations on the sidewalk of East Central High School, but today’s message is a bit more tolerable to parents than in days past.

“A couple of days ago, and the last two days, has been really negative. These kids don’t need that. So, thank you for being here,” said one member of the school staff to the Atheist Community of Tulsa.

For the last few days, an anti-abortion group calling themselves the Abolitionist Society of Tulsa has held signs outside of the school with pictures of bloody fetuses, pictures we can’t even show you. Parents say the group approached kids with those messages and pamphlets.

“They had a loudspeaker, and they were preaching things that were just not nice,” said Rebecca Kendall, a parent at the school.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Abolitionist Society of Tulsa

    Strange choice of name for a bunch of vile reactionaries. Why do I get the feeling that if they were suddenly transported, on Alan 4’s time machine, back to the mid 1800s, they’d be anything but Abolitionists?

  2. Meanwhile in the UK:-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45509202

    Calls for buffer zones to be introduced outside abortion clinics to stop patients being harassed have been rejected by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

    He said such protest-free areas around clinics in England and Wales “would not be a proportionate response”.

    A Home Office review found cases of harassment and damaging behaviour but they were “not the norm”, he added.

    In a written statement, Mr Javid said the review had gathered evidence that showed protesters’ behaviour had left patients distressed and caused some to rebook their appointments and not to follow medical advice.

    He said that in some cases, protesters handed out model foetuses, displayed graphic images, followed people, blocked their paths and even assaulted them.

    However, he added that the review showed these activities were “not the norm” and most anti-abortion activities were “more passive”, such as praying, displaying banners and handing out leaflets.

    In 2017, 363 hospitals and clinics in England and Wales carried out abortions – 36 of which experienced anti-abortion demonstrations, according to the review.

    Mr Javid’s predecessor, Amber Rudd, who launched the review last year, has previously said it was “unacceptable” that anyone should feel intimidated at a clinic.

    Defending the decision, Home Office minister Victoria Atkins told the Commons the government would continue with the current scheme of enabling councils to apply for Public Space Protection Orders.

    In April, the west London council of Ealing took matters into their own hands, imposing a 100m protest-free “buffer zone” outside a Marie Stopes clinic.

    Clare Murphy, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides abortion services in the UK, said the charity would seek to work with councils to roll out the Ealing “model” across the country to protect women and clinic staff from protesters.

    This does allow local action to deal with specific local problems, but a nationally applied policy would have been better!

  3. @#2 – Clare Murphy, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides abortion services in the UK, said the charity would seek to work with councils to roll out the Ealing “model” across the country to protect women and clinic staff from protesters.

    It really does take dogmatic religious indoctrination, for an uneducated “know-nothing” to confidently take it upon themselves to tell medical staff how to do their jobs!

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