I’m bringing back the Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week segment for some particularly bad ass people.
For those of you who aren’t currently reading the new Planned Parenthood blog I Am Emily X, you should be. Every day they post a different story and video of a different, anonymous Planned Parenthood clinic worker or volunteer (all of whom they call “Emily X”), talking about their experiences working at their clinic, and namely dealing with the protesters who are outside. They started it as a counter to the insane “40 Days of Life” protests taking part across the country. Whether the blog will continue once the campaign is over, I’m not sure, but I really hope that it does.
Today’s video is particularly interesting. It’s by a doctor who used to work with Dr. Slepian, and was one of the first doctors to go back to work at his clinic after the murder. He was assigned 9 federal marshals for his protection.
It’s chilling, and particularly so for me. Dr. Slepian was killed about an hour from my home. I was only 13-14 years old at the time, so my memory of the news coverage is vague and spotty. But since I now work at an abortion clinic a little over an hour from Dr. Slepian’s old clinic, it’s hard for the story — and the mere mention of Dr. Slepian’s name — to not strike a chord. Here’s the doctor, and please, make sure to check out the other videos of Emily X.