My New Volunteering

This Saturday, I’ve attended the training for my new volunteering activity. I know that it sounds completely unreasonable and ridiculous. I am continually complaining, that I do not have enough time for anything, including my existing volunteering activities, and yet I’ve just signed for a new one.

However, this one is really important for me, and when I first heard about it I knew right away, I need to be a part of it.

I’ve been a part of the Illinois Clinic Escort Team for five years. The clinic escorts are people who come to stand in front of the abortion clinics and help patients to pass the “antis.” Antis are protestors, who are either trying to stop women from getting an abortion or curse them (and escorts for that matter) or trying to be intimidating in other ways.

Before I go further, let me tell you something. In my previous blog, I had several different levels of security so that different groups of readers could see different posts. There was a good reason for that, but when I’ve started a new blog, I resolved that all my posts will be public, that I will write the truth and only truth. If I am not comfortable making some information public, I do not need to blog about it.

Thereby, I am not going to hide the fact that I am pro-choice and actively volunteering for this cause.

Now I’ve signed for the new activity: I’ve joined Midwest Access Coalition, The mission statement says:

As a practical abortion fund, MAC helps people traveling to, from, and within the Midwest access a safe, legal abortion with support in the following areas: travel coordination and costs, lodging, food, medicine, and emotional support.

After some more formalities are completed, I will become a host for individuals, who are traveling to Illinois to obtain a safe and legal abortion. I am not sure yet, whether I will be doing it besides or instead of escorting, but I am going to do this because this is something much needed.

2 thoughts on “My New Volunteering

  1. You’re an incredible human being. Thank you for what you do.

    The day I went with my best friend so that she could get a D&C, it was a scary time. I was there for moral support and I really couldn’t believe how crazy and scary and mean the people were outside.

    To think that you’re there, helping the women when they need it most, that’s really amazing. You’re a beautiful soul. Thank you ❤

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  2. Thank you for your kind words! What’s going on outside the clinics is outrageous. A person in a difficult life situation should not ever be subjected to such cruelty. I started escorting after I saw the movie “If these walls could talk” – we had a screening at our Women’s Group of local OFA. After I saw this movie, I’ve signed up for volunteer training, and after I went escorting once, I could not stop doing that. It is always heartwarming when a passerby says, “Thank you for all you do.” Some people bring us donuts or bottled water on extremely hot days. It’s always nice to feel this kind of support. At the moment, Illinois has one of the most progressive abortions laws in the country, thanks to our new governor. I hope that we will remain a safe hub for all women who seek an abortion.

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