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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