On New Year's Day, the Pensacola facility of American Family Planning was destroyed by fire. This probable arson is only the latest of a long list of disasters going back 30 years.
On Christmas Day 1984, the clinic was bombed. The two couples convicted of the crime said the blast was "a gift to Jesus on his birthday."
In 1986, six protestors ransacked the facility and injured two clinic workers.
In 1993 an abortion protestor, who was a former Presbyterian minister, shot and killed the clinic's doctor and a retired Air Force officer who had volunteered to escort the physician.
Despite the Pensacola clinic's bloody history, I have been a volunteer escort for several years at the Naples clinic for Planned Parenthood of Collier County. While I have experienced no direct violence while escorting patients, I have seen protestors intimidating clients with gross signs picturing the gory results of alleged late-term abortions. They also hold signs on Goodlette-Frank Road exclaiming "Turn here to kill your baby."
Here is the "Our Values" statement of Planned Parenthood of Collier County.
"Planned Parenthood of Collier County works to ensure full access to sexual and reproductive health care for all people through medical services, education and advocacy. We believe that health care is a basic human right and that prevention is the best medicine. More than 97 percent of what we do is life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, breast health service, pap tests, sexual health education, information, and health counseling. We're here for someone you know."
Is this something you would protest?