I Am Emily X
October 12, 2007 7:27 PM   Subscribe

I Am Emily X is "the true-life diary of a frontline Planned Parenthood worker and activist", created in response to the 40 Days for Life Campaign. "*For their safety and protection, Emily X represents a small handful of Planned Parenthood workers and activists, who may or may not be named Emily."
posted by mewithoutyou (13 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
"Last night, my mother-in-law called me at home. She told me that she just read an ad in the local paper about the “40 Days for Life” campaign. She said that she wanted to get involved, she wanted “to get out and do something about Planned Parenthood.” See, she doesn’t know that I’m a doctor at a Planned Parenthood health center. It’s a part of my life that I don’t share with her. But I’ll share a bit of it with you."

wow. good read. thanks!
posted by Dillonlikescookies at 7:36 PM on October 12, 2007

thank you, this is a great insight into an association that as non U.S. resident I hear plenty about, and yet know almost nothing about.
posted by olya at 8:09 PM on October 12, 2007

i heart PP
posted by fuzzypantalones at 8:51 PM on October 12, 2007

Last November it became a crime for a woman to have an abortion in Nicaragua, even if her life was in mortal danger. So far it has resulted in the death of at least 82 women.

Yes, but think of all the zygotes that have been saved!!!
posted by Avenger at 9:26 PM on October 12, 2007

Great idea, giving readers of her blog the option of pledging 5 cents (or more) per protestor for the duration of these 40 days. At least PP will be getting something positive out of the escalated harassment and hatred its workers and clients are having to endure.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 9:32 PM on October 12, 2007

That tactic feels sort of creepy - as in, what if George W. Bush killed 1 Iraqi baby for every 100 anti-war protesters at some rally?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:28 PM on October 12, 2007

I wish that they could be unethical enough to take video of the protesters and their response to particular responses.

They're preaching to the choir, with these videos on the net - they need to instill the will to question the FUD that's been planted into N.America mindsets.
posted by porpoise at 12:53 AM on October 13, 2007

i heart PP

That sounds funny when you read it out loud.

I'm sure I'm not the only woman who feels Planned Parenthood is a cause close to their hearts. A few years ago it was my only option when I was faced with a cancer scare and didn't have the insurance to pay for a biopsy at a "regular" doctor's office.

This was in Houston, and each time in the waiting room I'd be surrounded by grown women, girls, boyfriends, husbands and mothers of all races and walks of life.

The abortion debate aside, they provide an invaluable service to women in the US. If only more people would support them.
posted by Brittanie at 5:29 AM on October 13, 2007 [2 favorites]

I support PP with as much $ as I can spare every year and plan to keep doing so.
posted by keptwench at 6:16 AM on October 13, 2007

I pledged. Thanks for this.
posted by spec80 at 7:20 AM on October 13, 2007

Don't just pledge money. Get involved. Even if you have no medical background, you can escort women past these people, significantly reducing the fear and anxiety they provoke and defending your community from lawlessness. When it's just the protesters and the clients, they can get pretty abusive; escorts mobilize shame and keep protesters within the law.

Just google 'abortion clinic escort' + 'your city' to find out how to help.
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:32 AM on October 14, 2007

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