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Shelter-in-place orders have led to the loss of one crucial resource at abortion clinics across the country: clinic escorts, who not only provide physical protection for patients arriving at the clinic but also have institutional knowledge of when and how anti-choice protesters operate.
Anti-choice protesters, meanwhile, are still gathering in large groups, often ignoring physical distancing guidelines, prompting abortion rights advocates to raise money so clinics can hire security services to protect patients.
“Just days ago, an extremist associated with the Army of God harassed employees while standing just inches from the main clinic door” at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,…