Portland Abortion Clinic Adapts to Recent Executive Order, One Group of Protestors Does Not

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While some states restrict abortion care due to the coronavirus outbreak, Portland’s Lovejoy Surgicenter implements procedural changes to remain open—and unbothered protestors self- identify as exempt from stay-at-home orders.

At Portland’s Lovejoy Surgicenter, protesters approach employees and patients with pro-life signs and scripture—despite Portland’s “stay-at-home” order that’s been in effect since March 23. (Wesley Lapointe)

Each workday, an employee at Portland’s flagship abortion clinic, who prefers to remain anonymous, knows that it might be the day she’s exposed to the coronavirus.

“I think by opting into a career in healthcare, it was kind of like: I guess I’m making an agreement with myself that there’s a potential for exposure to anything,” she said.

On any given Saturday, the risk of exposure begins before she even steps foot in…

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