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Will Occupy Wall Street Change The Face Of Anti-Abortion Protests?

Will Occupy Wall Street Change The Face Of Anti-Abortion Protests?

The Occupy Wall Street movement has so far been highly successful at bringing attention to the huge gap in income distribution in the country and the great advantages and power being held by just one percent of the population.  With their tent cities and peaceful protests, banking bonuses, bailouts, mortgage fraud and more has been repackaged into understandable talking points that a large majority of the country can empathize with, regardless of political stripe.

But anti-choice advocates are watching the movement with an eagle eye, eager to seek out any potential discrepancy in treatment of the Occupy protesters versus how their groups are dealt with when they protest, and seeking new ways of pushing their own message against a woman’s right to control her reproductive health using the Occupy protest as a new benchmark.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska Right to Life is keeping a close watch on the Occupy Lincoln group, evaluating how their actions could be used in future anti-choice protests.  One such item — a 5×6 foot “communications board” on Centennial Mall that protesters can use as signage.  NRTL spokeswoman Julie Schmit-Albin complains that when her group put signage up across the street from Planned Parenthood, they were told it was illegal and that they needed to take it down. “But Occupy Lincoln can have a big, huge billboard in a place of public access…I suppose they probably get by with it because it is not permanent, as none of their tents are, though I haven’t seen any tents move in the last month.”

Schmit-Albin states that whatever the Occupy protesters do will now set a precedent for anti-choice groups to follow, and that any action taken against her group would then be a “disparate application of justice and civil rights.”

Does this mean that we can start expecting “tent cities” parked on the sidewalk at abortion clinics?

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6:01PM PST on Dec 2, 2011

The Occupy movement is a peaceful movement - the exact opposite of the anti-abortion terrorists.

10:51AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Arent they a bit like the Hare Krishnas in the seventies crashing all the demonstrations they could find but much less jolly?

The anti-choir should really buzz off and have their own babies,...

10:45AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

whatever happened to that law against incitement to violence and hate?

10:16AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

These idiots talk about justice and civil rights. For who? They are trying to take away justice and civil rights from women who are pro choice! It's to bad the US has such weak laws that protect nothing and no one!!!

5:27AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

They are pro-life only until a baby is born. Then you're on your own.

4:48AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Hannah S. - I agree. It is time to take the phrase "pro life" away from people who are only anti-abortion. Pro life means nothing if it does not mean: elimination of the death penalty, protecting the health and safety of women, infants, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, meaningful gun control that gets attack weapons off the streets, real peace for the world, and upholding the value and dignity of ALL of humanity. The so-called pro-lifers are nowhere to be seen on these issues and they are were it starts. If we cannot support the health, safety and dignity of those who are already here, what good is it to encourage unwanted births?

Maybe an unintended by-product of their desire to emulate OWS will be that they get out of women's faces and start treating the victims of their unwanted "counseling" with respect. Now, that would be something to see!

11:29PM PST on Dec 1, 2011


9:24PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

The Occupiers are fighting to take back our rights. Anti-choice protesters are fighting to take women's rights away.

5:38PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

will people stop with anti choice and anti life, i am pro life, not just with an unborn baby but with any living person, but i will not get in the way of another persons choice, and people need to stop bringing religion into things, no one has any idea what god(s), or goddess(es) would want.

3:43PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Sharon Beth L - not clear what those abortion "rescues" looked like. If they were occupying space near a clinic but not harassing the workers or patients or preventing them from entering the clinic, they were/are totally within their rights. The problem has been that the "rescue" protests of the anti-abortion movement have taken on a direct tactical attack on those people, sometimes simply getting in their way physically but sometimes threatening physical harm including publishing doctors home addresses and not so subtly advocating for attacks on them.

No one associated with any of the Occupy movements has physically attacked much less murdered a Wall Street worker or corporate executive. With the exception of a few fringe elements who don't represent the movement as a whole, they have not even broken windows or destroyed property. The same cannot be said for anti abortion activists who have bombed clinics and murdered doctors.

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