As pro-choice and reproductive justice activists, we talk a lot about creating change. We call our legislators, sign petitions, and rally our friends and family to donate to our favorite abortion-loving organization. While we’re often on the phone or face to face with other activists, we don’t get many opportunities to support those we so fiercely defend and honor: abortion providers.
Over the next week, you have an opportunity to do just that by attending the Summer of Choice at Dr. LeRoy Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, Maryland. A tsunami of anti-abortion foes are descending on his clinic starting this weekend with one goal in mind: to stop Dr. Carhart from practicing medicine by any means necessary. They call their event the “Summer of Mercy 2.0,” a blatant reference to their horrific “Summer of Mercy” protests of Dr. Tiller in 1991. We know that “mercy” is really anything but what will be on display at their event.
Dr. Carhart, his staff, and fantastic volunteers are organizing the Summer of Choice not as a raucous counter-protest, but as a peaceful display of pro-choice solidarity with the clinic. Dr. Carhart and his staff need our support now more than ever. It’s time to do more than sign a petition or make a donation. It’s time to show up and be heard.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Maryland and register to participate in the Kick-Off Walk, sign up for their peaceful pro-choice presence, or if you can’t make it, donate so that someone else can.