After the buffer zone-protected U.S. Supreme Court struck down buffer zones for abortion providers, there was no shortage of voices pointing out ... problems and questions about the decision. Perhaps most egregiously, the court took seriously the notion that self-dubbed "sidewalk counselors" want to "engage in personal, caring, consensual conversations with women about various alternatives." On Twitter, ClinicEscort gave a few examples of how "sidewalk counselors" really engage women going into clinics:
As a clinic escort in the 1990s myself, the thing I most remember is an elderly man who'd scream at every woman going into the clinic, "They'll rip your organs out!" and "Just a few months ago, they carried a woman out of here bleeding on a stretcher." It was "just a few months" for the entire five years I escorted at that clinic, and apparently had been "just a few months" for quite some time before I arrived. Personal, caring and consensual, right?
Twitter had some other thoughts about the decision, like when and where this logic of total access to scream at people on public sidewalks isn't applied:
Which is probably the point.