Anti-abortion protesters target Uptown clinic on Good Friday

Posted on 12 Apr 2007 at 8:24pm
By John Wright Staff Writer

Catholic Pro-Life committee stages annual event



n unidentified anti-abortion protester sobs outside the Fairmount Clinic in Uptown Dallas on Friday, April 6. (Photo by John Wright)

Hundreds of protesters gathered Friday, April 6 for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee’s annual Good Friday anti-abortion rally at the Fairmount Women’s Clinic off Cedar Springs Road in Uptown Dallas.

“We’re here today as kind of a witness to say abortion is not something that helps women,” said 36-year-old Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the North Texas-based committee.

Also on hand were dozens of clinic support volunteers who ushered clients in and out of the facility, trying to prevent them from being accosted by protesters.

“If the protesters are going to be out here intimidating people, someone needs to be out here to support the clients’ right to choose,” said Steve, 44, a volunteer who declined to give his last name.

One unidentified protester sobbed wildly as she clutched her young child on the sidewalk directly in front of the clinic.

And one unidentified man who was accompanying a woman into the clinic turned to the protesters and sarcastically yelled, “Yeah, kill them all!”

But that was about as ugly as things got.

“It was smooth,” Dallas Police Department Officer Matthew Cartwright said, as he leaned against his patrol car at the end of the protest. “We’ve never had a problem with this group.”

E-mail wright@dallasvoice.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 13, 2007

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