It was cold the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 15, but not cold enough to prevent a handful of protesters from trying to disturb Blue Mountain Clinic’s operations.
“I’m here to help people after the abortion, to counsel people,” said Diane Rotering, between shouts of “Don’t go in there, they kill babies in there.”
The protesters don’t worry that many women go to Blue Mountain for annual checkups or even acupuncture. As long as the clinic provides abortions, the whole building is tainted in their eyes.
“They want to make it look fluffy clean, but it’s not fluffy clean,” says Frank Amo, who hosts a weekly anti-abortion show called Metaphysical Concepts on MCAT. “You get a check-up in one room and in the next they’re killing babies.”
Clinic Director Raquel Castellanos says it disturbs her that the protesters are so aggressive. “The people who have been coming out to protest sort of upped the ante this week,” she says. “I had patients report that they were taking pictures of license plates.”
Castellanos says the protesters invade patients’ privacy, bordering on harassment.
“We have pre-natal care that we do, so we’ve had women who are eight-months pregnant coming in for an appointment and [the protesters] are yelling at them, ‘don’t kill your baby,’” says Castellanos. “We’ve had women coming in with small children to do well-child visits and they are yelling this stuff in front of children.”
Castellanos also doesn’t see the aggressive tactics as persuasive.
Protester Marilyn Hatch, who isn’t sure on what days abortions are performed, says she and her group have yet to dissuade anyone from going into the clinic. But her lack of efficacy hasn’t discouraged her.
“Whether you believe in God or not, there is a God, and He created us as nurturing mothers,” she says, cradling a Bible. “He didn’t create us with the desire to kill.”