Later that first day, when I left the clinic, I saw the protestors differently. They were no longer just a nuisance. They were a force that had a negative impact on my patients, planting unnecessary fear and guilt in them at this vulnerable crossroads, as they weighed whether to end an unwanted pregnancy. Their rhetoric and self-righteous pleading were misleading and alarming.
I knew, looking at them, that the last thing they cared about was the safety and well-being of the women I had seen that day.