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If you plan to visit our health center, here is some information and tips about protesters.
Q. Will there be protesters outside Planned Parenthood?
Occasionally we have protesters, but not at all of our locations. Our Baltimore and Annapolis locations are more likely to have protesters than our other locations, and there are usually no more than 2 or 3 protesters at a time.
Q: Why are there protesters outside Planned Parenthood?
The protesters generally do not believe in a woman's right to an abortion. This is why they are more often seen at our Baltimore and Annapolis locations as these are the 2 locations where abortion services are currently available.
Q: What can the protesters do?
The protesters can carry signs and they may try to hand you pamphlets, show you pictures, and tell you what they think. Legally, they are not allowed to touch you or block your way into the clinic or the parking lot. You do not have to take anything from them or talk with them if you do not want to.
You can tell them to leave you alone. The safest strategy is to ignore them. If they continue to bother you, or make you feel uncomfortable, please let us know. You have the right to be here without being harassed.
Q: Can you make the protesters leave?
As long as the protesters do not break the law they have a right to protest. We monitor the protesters carefully and are in regular contact with law enforcement. If you feel a protester has acted inappropriately, please let us know immediately.
We will do everything we can to ensure your health, safety, and confidentiality. We are always willing to discuss any concerns you may have. Talk to a staff member or email us at: [email protected].