HotSpots for January 1-31, 2010

HotSpots is a summary of incidents of harassment and violence directed at Planned Parenthood affiliates, national offices, and other reproductive health care providers, produced monthly by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.

Colorado  01/30/10  A Planned Parenthood health center received a letter that contained portions of the Hippocratic oath and then transitioned into anti-choice material.

Texas  01/28/10  A local website was found to contain an anti-choice posting that included an arson threat against a Planned Parenthood health center. The posting also had inflammatory language related to abortion providers.

District of Columbia  01/27/10  An unidentified caller left a voice mail at a Planned Parenthood health center that became increasingly angry and anti-choice before the call was ended.

Colorado  01/25/10  A Planned Parenthood health center received a letter that included Biblical quotes and several paragraphs of anti-choice statements.

Colorado  01/23/10  A group of protesters were observed kneeling and praying on the wooden barrier outside a Planned Parenthood health center. Planned Parenthood staff informed the group that they were trespassing and asked them to leave the property. The group complied.

Texas  01/23/10  Catholic groups led a protest at a Planned Parenthood health center with around 200 people present.

Pennsylvania  01/22/10  A Planned Parenthood office received hate mail via fax, which contained angry anti-choice statements, a Bible verse, and references to government funding that will soon "dry up."

Wisconsin  01/22/10  Harassing, anti-choice voice messages were left by the same caller at a Planned Parenthood health center. 

New York  01/22/10  Approximately 30 adults and a few children protested outside a Planned Parenthood health center. The group carried signs, and one member used a bullhorn to recite prayers that could be heard inside the health center.

Rhode Island  01/22/10  An anti-choice protest with more than 90 people was held outside a Planned Parenthood health center.

Virginia  01/21/10  Two Planned Parenthood health centers received hate mail that included anti-choice comments and a cartoon drawing of the Grim Reaper holding a book called "The Abortion Scrapbook 1973-2009". 

Pennsylvania  01/18/10  A Planned Parenthood health center received an anti-choice e-mail.

Texas  01/18/10  More than 2,000 protesters were on hand at a new Planned Parenthood health center.

Colorado  01/18/10  A group of about 125 protesters appeared at a Planned Parenthood health center.

California  01/16/10  A protester at a Planned Parenthood health center approached a security guard and asked him if he would "like to die like the rest of these baby killers."

New York  01/15/10  A Planned Parenthood health center staff member received anti-choice and anti-Semitic hate mail.

California  01/15/20  A man was observed looking in the windows of a Planned Parenthood health center. The man moved to the back of the building, urinated in the parking lot, and vandalized one of the picnic tables that belong to the center.

New York  01/6/10  A Planned Parenthood health center was notified by the post office that it was holding an envelope addressed to the center that had the word “Killers” written on it. The envelope contained a Planned Parenthood solicitation letter with a request from the sender to be removed from the mailing list.

Washington   01/05 & 01/07/10  A man entered a Planned Parenthood health center on two occasions. Both times he asked questions about services, handed out religious pamphlets, and yelled anti-choice statements. During his second appearance, the man pounded on the security door to the office. Police escorted the man from the center. A machete and camouflage gear were found in his car. The machete was confiscated by police.

California  01/05/10  Three Planned Parenthood health center staff members were approached by a man as they headed to their cars. The man asked if they worked at the center and they answered yes. The man replied with a threatening statement.

California  01/05/10  The front window of a Planned Parenthood health center was shattered.

Indiana  01/01/10  Protesters appeared outside the home of a Planned Parenthood staff member on New Year's Day. The group carried graphic signs and used a megaphone.

 

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