Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Aurora Jewell said people with the Tacoma vigil have harassed and intimidated patients and staff members this fall at the Tacoma Health Center.
Planned Parenthood provides volunteer escorts to walk with patients to and from their cars, Jewell
"They shouldn't have to be intimidated when they're trying to access health services," she
, who works at the Tacoma office, said the anti-abortion volunteers have used derogatory language to patients and staff.
"As an employee, I get yelled at and harassed," said Jewell, 27, a public affairs worker with Planned Parenthood of Western Washington.
been told to find a better job.
declined to give more examples because she
didn't want to repeat the language.
While Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, the majority of its work is to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexual infections, Jewell
It provides birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing, information about alternatives to abortion, and education about sexual health.
"We're doing more in one day to prevent unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion than these people are doing in 40 days," Jewell
said the anti-abortion campaign creates the false impression that the faith community doesn't support access to Planned Parenthood's services.
"There are many faith groups and religious groups that support a woman's right to choose," Jewell