Disturbing Audio: Intimidating Tactics by Texas Anti-Choice Activists, Tracking Patients, Doctors
Undercover audio has been released of “Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed,” a training hosted by anti-abortion groups at the State Capitol on August 4, 2014. In the video, it’s revealed that anti-choice activists are monitoring patients, staff and doctors.
The anti-abortion activists consider tracking license plates and scrutinizing tax records, a tactic which was caught on tape in the startling video released by NARAL, Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas.
The tactics offered by the four speakers in the video include: identifying and monitoring patients, providers and clinic staff, lining sidewalks outside clinics to dissuade patients from entering clinics, tracking and cataloging the physical descriptions and car license plates of patients, and searching tax records to find locations of new abortion providers.
Karen Garnett, executive director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, can be heard saying, “The license plates that are coming into any abortion facility, we have a very kind of sophisticated little spreadsheet, everybody keeps track. This way you can track whether or not a client comes back, if they turned away.”
“You have license plates, car make, model, description of the person,” she added. “Then as far as the staff members and the abortionists, you can identify if you got a new abortionist.”
Another speaker refers to monitoring the percentage of abortion clinics closures as “keeping score” and cites the number of clinic staffers who quit, which garnered applause.
The “poorer ones” she said, heard the abortion clinic in their area was going to close and visited an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center instead. “God is good,” she said.
“The same groups that lobbied Texas lawmakers to pass HB 2, a law that has nothing to do with the health and safety of women, are those outside abortion clinics, harassing and intimidating patients, blocking them from accessing the care they need, and threatening abortion providers,” Heather Busby of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas said in a statement.
“With fewer clinics for these stalking protestors to target, the dangerous impact of their intimidation tactics will be exacerbated,” she said.
“The anti-abortion harassment tactics outlined in this disturbing training lead women to seek dangerous alternatives.”