Our last abortion clinic

I think it’s fair to say that Operation Save America and its soldiers for God are not here to quietly dissuade would-be pregnancy terminators from completing the act. Rather, Operation Save America and its rootin’, tootin’, Bible salutin’ troupe is here to “psychologically torture” and block women who attempt to have abortions — because that’s what terrorists do.

“Boy, is that First Amendment robust when it comes to shaming, harassing and psychologically torturing women,” said duVergne Gaines, a lawyer and director of the National Clinic Access Project for the Feminist Majority Foundation, here this week to ensure clinic access. But, not so full and rich when it comes to blockading clinics and fostering fear.

Operation Save America’s aim is to close Kentucky’s last remaining place where a woman can go to legally terminate a pregnancy. The result is now there is a war raging on a West Market Street sidewalk over the exercise of two rights: one that ensures legal abortion, and the other that ensures the exercise of free speech, both grounded in the U.S. Constitution.

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