URGENT: Mississippi Clinic Threatened

Two weeks ago, an anti-abortion extremist invaded the waiting room of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, Mississippi. Law enforcement authorities were not only slow to respond when called, but once on site, chose only to talk with the aggressor instead of filing a police report. This is the only abortion provider in the entire state of Mississippi. Extremists are trying to shut down this vital women’s clinic. This clinic and its doctors need our help now.

Thankfully, many of you have responded to our requests for help for this clinic, with your support we has just funded an improvement to the clinic’s security system that will help prevent future invasions. But we must do more.

Just one year ago, Dr. George Tiller was brutally murdered. His killer, Scott Roeder, has been sentenced to life in prison, but the extremists have not been deterred.

The leading anti-abortion extremist in Jackson is an advocate of Justifiable Homicide – or the belief that justifies the murder of doctors who perform abortions. The clinic and its doctors have been repeatedly threatened.

The clinic needs immediate help to pursue legal strategies and to make additional enhancements to its security system.

Our National Clinic Access Project legal coordinator has traveled to Jackson to assist the clinic. She met with clinic staff and community pro-choice supporters to discuss ways to improve security, to assess legal needs and to devise new ways for the local community to support this critically needed health facility. We are determined to do everything we can to keep Jackson Women’s Health Organization open and its patients, doctors and staff safe.

Help the doctors, health care workers, and patients of Jackson Women’s Health Organization today by making an emergency, tax-deductible contribution. Half your contribution will go directly to the clinic to help pay for upgraded and additional enhanced security measures.

The other half of your emergency contribution will help support our National Clinic Access Project’s work to keep this clinic and other besieged clinics across the country safe and open. The demand for our work is dramatically increasing.

As I write this, we are also working with Dr. Carhart and his clinic in Nebraska. Dr. Carhart, who had worked with Dr. Tiller, and his clinic were immediately targeted for closing by Wichita-based Operation Rescue after the murder of Dr. Tiller. This group had harrassed Dr. Tiller for seven years.

And we are also working very closely with Family Reproductive Health in Charlotte, NC under siege by Operation Save America/Operation Rescue. Recently, anti-abortion extremists published the photographs of and information about the clinic’s doctors in a WANTED poster. Similar posters appeared before the brutal murders of two doctors in Pensacola, Florida.

Without doctors and clinics to provide safe, legal abortions and access to birth control, there can be no choice for women. Please make an emergency contribution today to help Jackson Women’s Health Organization and our National Clinic Access Project.

Together we are making a difference.

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