A Step-by-Step Guide
Step-by-Step Guide | Clinic Violence Overview
STEP 1: Contact your National Choices Campus
Organizer to locate the nearest women’s health clinic that
needs assistance. Your National Choices Campus Organizer
will coordinate with the Feminist Majority Foundation’s
National Clinic Access Project to facilitate with the clinic
and your adopt-a-clinic campaign.
STEP 2: Your National Choices Campus Organizer will
assist your student group by:
- Calling the clinic and identifying your group as part of a
pro-choice group on campus that is affiliated with the
Feminist Majority Foundation.
- Asking if the clinic director or a representative could
come to meet with your group to talk about the kinds of
services they provide and the problems (if any) they have
with anti-abortion protesters.
- Letting them know that your student group wants to
show their support for the clinic, and ask what kind
of help they need. Not all clinics will want or need
community support, so we will ask them how your
group can be of help.
STEP 3: Develop a Plan of Action:
Be sure to discuss what kind of support or assistance
needed most with the clinic director or staff. They will
have a very clear idea about what would help improve
safety, security, and the morale of staff and patients.
After talking to the clinic director, it should be clear
what type of support is needed, what the director wants,
and what she does not want. Discuss the following types
- Legal Observing: Experience shows that when protesters
believe their activities are being systematically observed
and recorded, they are more likely to tone down their
actions. The clinic may need your help videotaping,
documenting, and photographing anti-abortion protesters
and their activities.
- Escorting: The clinic may need you to help facilitate the
safe passage of patients and staff/doctors into the clinic.
The clinic may already have a volunteer escort program
which you can join.
- Mobilizing Public Opinion against Protesters: The clinic
may need you to help call press attention to the
problems the clinic faces. They may want you to meet
with the local newspaper, circulate campus petitions in
support of the clinic and strong law enforcement action,
organize community events such as rallies, or help build
community support for the clinic.
- General Volunteer Work: The clinic may not be under any
severe or constant threat, but may still very much need
your help inside the clinic, or with activities including
community or campus outreach.
STEP 4: Connect clinics to the services of the Feminist
Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project.
If the clinic would like additional assistance, contact a
Choices Campus Organizer right away at 866-444-3652
(East Coast) or 866-471-3652 (West Coast). We will put
the clinic in touch with the FMF’s National Clinic Access