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Pro-Abort Escorts Panic As Ambulance Arrives at Albany Clinic

Posted by Ann Scheidler (November 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm)

Ambulance at Albany abortion clinicI arrived at the clinic about 9:15 on Thursday morning, as I do every Thursday.

A small gray car turned into the alley. I tried to offer literature to the driver, but he went on by and pulled into the parking lot, parked and got out with a small child. I called to him that we had help available at the Women’s Center, if he had someone in the clinic that he loved.

Just after trying to talk to the man, an ambulance came down Carmen Avenue and turned into the clinic alley. I pulled out my phone to get a picture and got one shot as the ambulance pulled just past the clinic gate to the back door of the facility.

Escorts Cause Chaos

Then the escorts came quickly to where I was standing on the sidewalk just west of the alley. They started blocking my way and my camera.

As I tried to walk down the alley to get a better picture of the ambulance, these two escorts stayed right in front of me, not a foot from me, dancing and weaving, shouting obscenities, etc. I continued to dodge around them and walk through the alley.

Every time I tried to get a picture they would wave their arms and put their hands in front of the camera, all the time taunting me with comments like, “I wish I was your granddaughter so I could sneak in and poison your cookies.” Or, “Your mother should have aborted you.” “You are a predator, a bottom feeder.” Finally one of the escorts hit my arm.

Pro-Lifers Document Clinic’s Dirty Little Secret

The situation was a little scary, since I was the only pro-lifer in the alley. But I knew my husband Joe was on his way. I texted Joe to let him know about the ambulance and that I was in the alley.

Diana, the clinic director, came out of the clinic with her camera and dared me to get within 8 feet of her. I did not. But Diana kept taunting me and then made a phone call, apparently to the police.

She told me they didn’t need me, that they had the patient’s husband there. I wondered if the husband might be the man who arrived with the small child just before the ambulance pulled in.

Then I noticed that there was an actual cameraman in the alley with a big professional camera. It looked like it could be a news camera. Diana’s demeanor changed when she saw the camera and she stopped saying anything to me. She turned her attention to the clinic door, waiting for the paramedics to exit with the patient they would transport.

Joe was now in the alley taking pictures of the ambulance and the clinic personnel who were outside. Diana tried to tell him he could not be there. The escorts also now went over the Joe and blocked his camera, as well as giving him the finger.

Cathy Mieding, veteran sidewalk counselor arrived at the clinic. She, Joe and I gathered in the alley and prayed for the woman who was in need of the ambulance.

Finally the stretcher was brought out of the building through the alley door, placed in the ambulance, and they drove away. So did the small gray car with the man and the small child.

Police Misapply Chicago Bubble Zone Law—AGAIN

Then three police cars arrived. Diane came out to tell them who she thought violated the bubble zone law, pointing to Joe and to me. By now Joe was sitting in a lawn chair saying his Rosary.

The police went right to him to question him. Then they asked to see the video that the cameraman had taken. He turned out to be with Spirit Juice, working on a documentary.

I heard the policeman, Sergeant Hoffman, tell Joe that he was within 50 feet of the entrance and therefore was not permitted to protest or shout or anything.

I interrupted him to tell him that the law does not say that, but he said he was well versed in the law and didn’t need to be told, and besides he was talking with “this gentleman.”

The police officers then went into the clinics. We can only surmise that there was no evidence of our violating the Chicago bubble zone, since no arrests were made.

But I asked Sergeant Hoffman if the behavior of the escorts being within 6 inches of me and blocking my access to the public way is a violation of the bubble zone because we were all within the 50 feet. He said we are protesting and are not allowed to protest inside the 50 feet.

I told him we are not protesting. We are praying and counseling, offering free help. He said the law does not apply to them because they work for the clinic and the only people who can bring a complaint are the owners or representatives of the owners. I believe this is a misreading of the ordinance.

The police assured us that they would make arrests if we violated the bubble zone law, but that they would also tell the clinic escorts that they should not come so close.

Good Comes from a Bad Situation

Coincidentally, while the ambulance was in the alley, a red van pulled in. Cathy Mieding, went over to the van and offered them literature and talked to them about the danger of abortion and the help at the Women’s Center, a pro-life pregnancy resource center located half a block away.

Then I saw her wave and get into the back seat of the van. She went with them to the Women’s Center and they decided against an abortion. They made an appointment to go back to the Women’s Center for an ultrasound.

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14 Responses to “Pro-Abort Escorts Panic As Ambulance Arrives at Albany Clinic”

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  1. Bob Pawson says:

    The Womb War rages on — at all levels from strategic to, as this report highlights, the tactical and ‘foxhole’ levels. > Blessings upon Ann & Joe Scheidler Many points could be made, but I will focus on just ONE. > INSIGHT: It is inspiring and instructive that Pro-Life leaders the caliber of the Scheidlers, who are perceived (and rightly so) by the entire Pro-Life Movement as being the equivalent of 5-Star Generals, still personally engage in the foxhole level spiritual combat ON THE STREETS — at the killing centers. Would that all of our other ‘high-ranking’ Pro-Life leaders do likewise. Imagine how motivating it would be to us Troops in the Field to see our ‘generals’ out on the front lines – perhaps once a month – or at least a few times each year. And, yes: We all know that they are doing important & necessary work at the strategic level. Still, such a ‘lead by example’ presence would galvanize Pro-Lifers all across America. It would re-ignite the Pro-Life Movement like a shot of nitrous oxide does a race car engine. Participation would increase! Financial donations would skyrocket! Morale and Enthusiasm would abound! Publicity (media coverage) would multiply! Babies and mothers would be saved in increasing numbers as a result of our increasing numbers! > So, let’s hope and pray that our high level and high profile leaders actually do so. All across the USA; in all fifty states; in hundreds of cities. This includes pro-life organization presidents, VPs, executive directors, national & state chairpersons, etc. It also includes our pro-life elected officials: Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Assemblymen, Freeholders, Mayors, Council members, etc. Clergy (denominational leaders!). Celebrities. < Perhaps a nationwide initial KICK OFF DAY event could be arranged. Imagine the overwhelming, dynamic impact if abortuaries in all 50 states were simultaneously picketed with such 'Star Power' leaders present and LEADING – on the streets! (Similar to the nationwide phenomenon seen on Chick-fil-A Day of August 1, 2012.) < But, DON'T WAIT. Hit the streets, NOW. Organize formal a Kick Off Day — LATER. Pray that the entire leadership of the Pro-Life Movement gets "SCHEIDLERIZED". <

    November 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm
  2. Average Voter says:

    Ha, this is a complete lie and you have no respect for the privacy of patients. There’s a reason doctor-client privilege exists, PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT. I hope you come to realize how violating you are to people exercising their right to seek medical treatment anywhere they want and that you add lies to your stories in order to feel good about what you’re doing.

    November 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  3. Pro Choice says:

    The misinformed, misogynistic and blatantly anti-woman work of your Anti Choice Action League is a disgrace to women, families, and the religion on whose behalf you claim to work. The outrageous disrespect your members consistently show to patients exercising their right to health care is shameful. Your claims to be praying and counselling would gain legitimacy if you were to do so in more appropriate venues, such as an actual house of worship, counsellor’s office, or your own home. Your unsolicited and abusive ‘counselling’ is misguided, misdirected, and hurtful on personal, public, and philosophical grounds.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm
  4. JoAnna says:

    Average Voter, can you provide proof of your accusations?

    Pro Choice – it seems to me that a very appropriate venue for offering help to women who feel they have no choice but to have an abortion would be an abortion facility. Wouldn’t you agree?

    November 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm
  5. Jael says:

    Thank you Ann and Joe for your courage to work on behalf of women and children.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  6. Stefanie Wick says:

    Pro-Choice & Average Voter: Why do you have so much hate in your heart.. We are PRO-LIFE & you are Pro-Death.. Choice is when a women who is pregnant comes in for counseling, you offer her the CHOICE of abortion or adoption. When has Planned Parenthood ever offered adoption?? Never.. Because you won’t make any money from it.
    We pray for those women & babies & offer an alternative to a horrific act. You just want to cut up & kill the baby. That’s hateful.. This is NOT a healthcare issue.. Healthcare is something a woman should get when she’s carrying her baby to term..
    Did you know that Margaret Sanger hated Blacks & Jews? She wanted to rid the world of them just like Hitler. So all of you Baby killers are following in Hitlers footsteps. You must be so proud of yourselves.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm
  7. Matt C. Abbott says:

    Keep fighting the good fight, Ann and Joe!

    November 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm
  8. Surly Curmudgen says:

    A political philosophy that views the murder of fifty million babies as pro-choice is inherently evil.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm
  9. Matt Yonke says:

    Pro-Choice — Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You said:

    Your unsolicited and abusive ‘counselling’ is misguided, misdirected, and hurtful on personal, public, and philosophical grounds.

    I can’t think of a single way in which our sidewalk counselors could be viewed as “abusive”, and it seems the only reason you would think it’s “misguided” and “misdirected” is because you don’t believe abortion is wrong.

    You’re welcome to your opinion, but folks on the our side believe that counseling women to get abortions is misguided and misdirected. Those assertions aren’t really advancing the conversation.

    As for “hurtful on personal, public, and philosophical grounds”, I can’t imagine what you would be basing this accusation on. If you’d like to come back and talk about what you specifically feel is wrong or hurtful about sidewalk counseling, I’d be glad to discuss it with you.

    But the many women who have chosen life for their babies whom they now love and cherish would disagree with you vehemently. So would the many women who have written to ask why there weren’t sidewalk counselors at the clinic where they had abortions, and how much they regret their decision and wish they could take it back.

    Matt Yonke
    Assistant Communications Director
    Pro-Life Action League

    November 14, 2012 at 9:07 am
  10. Matt Yonke says:

    Average Voter — Thanks for writing.

    I’m afraid you’re wrong. Nobody’s privacy was violated here.

    Who was involved in this botched abortion? Nobody knows. We’ve revealed no details, largely because we don’t have any.

    If you want to be angry, be angry at the doctor who botched the abortion and hurt this girl, and, presumably, her baby.

    Matt Yonke
    Assistant Communications Director
    Pro-Life Action League

    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am
  11. MK says:

    [The misinformed, misogynistic and blatantly anti-woman work of your Anti Choice Action League is a disgrace to women, ]

    No Pro-choic,

    The real disgrace is women, mothers, ending the lives of their very own, beautiful, helpless children, in the one place that they should feel the safest…her womb.

    Nothing on earth, is more disgraceful or anti-woman, than that.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 am
  12. terry wilson says:

    Pro- Lifers where ever you are, let us pray for one another, the work we are doing, the mothers and babies, and not to forget the fathers. They all need our help. also the so called pro-choicer s. (not much choice for the unborn though!) regardless what we are accused of, and the views we are supposed to hold. There are none so blind as those who don’t want to see, and none so deaf as those who don’t want to hear. Let us pray for them and all the abortionists, they really need our prayers! We must carry on for the love of God and all his creation. I get so much inspiration from reading your stories, God bless you all from Birmingham England where we have just finished a 40days 4life vigil outside an abortion clinic We had 10 mothers change their minds and chose life for their precious babies. Praise God and regards Terry Wilson Worcestershire.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:42 am
  13. Families Against Planned Parenthood » Blog Archive » Pro-Life Action Day says:

    [...] Both police and abortion clinic staff have twisted and abused the Bubble Zone ordinance, especially outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center, where a woman was recently taken away by ambulance. [...]

    November 26, 2012 at 9:56 am
  14. Rita Grabowski says:

    Thank you for standing up for the inestimable value of each precious life. The child’s life saved can mean hundreds of lives saved… the parents from lives of deep regret, and with God’s continued grace, this child will grow, perhaps marry and have children and grandchildren, and great-granchildren on through generations. The world has lost 55 million aborted children since Roe v Wade — and their progeny as well… HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of boys and girls, men and women, whom God intended to live and contribute to our society. One life saved is a treasure too great to calculate, for God has a purpose for that life.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

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