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Clinic Escort Program

About the Clinic Escort Volunteer Program

The Clinic Escort Program is comprised of an elite class of volunteers with the mission of patient safety and support at select health centers where protesters are an issue. Started in 2016, we have evolved to over 100 escorts, at 3 health centers around the state of Arizona, escorting almost 16,000 patients annually. Escorts can be identified by their vests, smiles, and being invited guests in Planned Parenthood parking lots and clinics, as protesters are relegated to the public sidewalk.

What are the requirements?

Attend a 2 hour training (Central Phoenix or Tucson) to learn non-engagement tactics, how to approach patients, self and fellow care, and more. Attendance requirements are (at least) 3 shifts every 3 months and as part of those duties you must be able to withstand the elements outside of clinic - heat, cold, verbal harassment, while maintaining a positive, patient-focused demeanor.

Meet an Arizona woman who volunteers to walk people into abortion clinics

“Most often they get out and they [patients] say, ‘Thank you so much. I’m glad you’re here. What are these people yelling about?’” she said. “My standard answer is, ‘They want to drive your car in their lane. We think you’re driving just fine. You’re going to drive your own life. That’s the way it should be.’”

Cindy Hans, PPAZ Clinic Escort Volunteer


Apply to be a volunteer escort!


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