AP spotlights abortion providers’ fears over Supreme Court decision amid attacks on pregnancy center

The publication spotlighted Amanda Kifferly, a vice president for an abortion clinic 필라델피아, who described ongoing protests, threats and attacks against abortion facilitiesincluding a peaceful gathering that was painted with an ugly racial tinge.

And on the night of last winter’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could end the nationwide right to abortion, people gathered outside a clinic in New Jersey with lawn chairs, a cooler and a flaming torch — a sight that brought to mind lynchings and other horrors of the country’s racist past, says Kifferly,” the article read.

CHEVY CHASE, MD - 할 수있다 18: Police officers look on as abortion-rights advocates hold a demonstration outside the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on May 18, 2022 in Chevy Chase, 메릴랜드.

CHEVY CHASE, MD – 할 수있다 18: Police officers look on as abortion-rights advocates hold a demonstration outside the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on May 18, 2022 in Chevy Chase, 메릴랜드. ((Photo by Bonnie Cash/Getty Images))

Kifferly and other providers cited in the piece argued that the upcoming Dobbs decision which, 에 따르면 a draft opinion leak, could overturn Roe v. 걸어 건너기, inspired more harassment.

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Now providers and some in law enforcement worry what will come next. They’re preparing for an increase in violence once the Supreme Court rules, saying there has historically been a spike when the issue of abortion gets widespread public attention, such as after a state approves new restrictions. If the decision ends Roe v. Wade — as a leaked draft opinion indicates may happen — they also anticipate protests, harassment and other violence to be more concentrated and intensify in states where abortion remains legal,” the piece continued.

Although the abortion providers described being on aheightened alertand ongoing drills to prepare for chaotic situations, they were hesitant to involve a larger police presence.

David Trujillo holds a sign a bus drives by on the street in front of a building housing an abortion provider in Dallas, 목요일, 10 월. 7, 2021. (AP포토/LM오테로)

David Trujillo holds a sign a bus drives by on the street in front of a building housing an abortion provider in Dallas, 목요일, 10 월. 7, 2021. (AP포토/LM오테로)

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