ACLU says Louisville's abortion clinic one of the worst in the country


by Melanie Kahn

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Updated Sunday, May 9 at 1:02 AM

(WHAS11)  The ACLU calls Louisville’s abortion clinic one of the worst in the country, but it has nothing to do with what happens inside the facility.

It’s what happens outside the clinic that is catching the attention of people across the country.

WHAS 11’s Melanie Kahn was at the clinic Saturday and shares with you her report.

“Please, the day before Mother’s Day, please do not kill your child.”  “We are warning you of judgment to come.”  These were just a couple of the things being said outside the clinic, to those who were trying to enter.

Crosses, pictures, rosary beads, statues of Mary and people of all ages were outside of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, all voicing their opinions on abortion just one day before Mother’s Day; and in the middle of it all, women trying to get in.

“Please do not kill your child Ma’am, please choose life,” said one protestor.

The entrance to the clinic is located on a public sidewalk.  So the only way to get in the doors is to walk all the way down a line and through all of the people.

There were people in orange vests who said they are clinic escorts, and that their job is to help women get to the entrance of the abortion clinic.

Drew Patterson, one clinic escort said, “Part of my function out here is to create a safety zone for everyone.  Not only for the clients and their companions, but also the escorts, the protestors and the poor people driving down the street.”

Diane Carlin, who is pro-choice said, “I think it’s sad that women who are making a choice about their healthcare, have to come and be harassed by making that choice.” 

But many of the people who say they are pro-life, disagree, and say they aren’t here to harass, but to educate.

Donna, who is also pro-life said, “I’m here to spread the truth about unborn babies.  I’m trying to save their lives; I’m trying to save mothers from a lifetime of regret.” 

Ron Hendiges, also pro-life said, “I would just like to ask the American people, ‘don’t they think this is an atrocity pulling these babies apart’?”

It was an emotionally charged scene; one where even our cameras are not always welcome.

And even with police officers closely monitoring the area, many say, they don’t feel safe.

Carlin said, “My husband told me, just don’t get shot.”

Lindsay Gargotto, pro-choice said, “I don’t tell a lot of people I do this.  And the people I do tell are like, do you take mace, do you take a taser?”

The EMW Women’s Surgical Center is one of two abortion clinics in the state.

Abortions are performed almost every Saturday morning throughout the year.