Sylvia and I did go to Planned Parenthood today for a couple of hours, but it was evident that no abortions were being done; we had gotten some confused information.

It was very much like a regular non-abortion day.  The traffic was light; we had found that weekdays were much lighter than Saturdays, which is why we started focusing on Saturdays several years ago.

Sylvia saw five clients in front.  She didn’t give out any brochures but was able to direct a young man seeking STI testing over to the pregnancy clinic, where it is available for free.  The young man gave her a hug.  She also had another interchange with an abortion worker, whom she spoke to on the way out and back in, advising her to contact

There were a number of workers and/or volunteers driving in (Sylvia saw a plate of food going in so they might have been having a party ot training or something), but only a few client cars.  I was able to give out one set of brochures and speak to a young Hispanic couple.  The woman was quite noticeably pregnant; too much so for an abortion at Sarasota PP (which I belive still only goes to 13 weeks).  They came back out after about 15 minutes.  Another yoiung woman stopped a moment but didin’t say anything and wouldn’t take the brochures.

John was there a short while, Rosemary walked around the block several times praying, and Gene Tischer paid a visit with a sign.

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1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for theFull Nine Months of Pregnancy Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York). In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states. The two original decisions established legal abortion as follows: In the first three months of pregnancy, no one can interfere with a woman’s decision to abort her child. After the first three months, but before the “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can enact laws to protect the health of the mother but cannot prohibit the abortion of the unborn child. After “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can, if it chooses to do so, enact laws to protect the unborn child but abortion must be allowed if the life or “health” of the mother is at stake. The Supreme Court defined “health” as “the medical judgment that may be exercised in light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age –relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 2 Consequently, the broad definition of “health” has made abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

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