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A billboard on Mission and Valencia streets advertising an "abortion pill reversal ." It was paid for by an antiabortion group. Photo by Christiano Valli.

Billboard Near Planned Parenthood Promises to Reverse Abortions

A billboard on Mission and Valencia streets features a picture of a woman next to a baby and message that says in capital letters, “Abortion Pill Reversal.” The 12-foot by 25-foot billboard is part of a campaign to promote what health authorities say is an unproven treatment being performed by a network of 270 doctors worldwide. Its placement – one...
Anti-abortion protesters parked and stood inside of the yellow painted line that is intended to keep them away from Planned Parenthood clients. Photo by Laura Wenus

Uncertain Future: SF’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

A police cruiser sat in the center divider on Valencia Street Thursday morning, observing but not interfering with protesters displaying images of fetuses and calling out to clients at a Planned Parenthood center—despite the fact that they were standing inside a yellow circle painted on the ground that, until recently, kept them at a distance. Since the Supreme Court’s McCullen decision, which...
Erika Hathaway sits in front of the entrance to Planned Parenthood clinic on Valencia Street. A new buffer zone law will prohibit antiabortion protesters such as Hathaway from staying within 25 feet of the facility. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Supervisors Move to Pass Planned Parenthood Buffer Zone

Anti-abortion activists outside Planned Parenthood’s Valencia Street clinic vowed to fight on Thursday despite initial approval this week by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors of an expanded 25-foot buffer zone around reproductive healthcare facilities in an effort to protect patients from intimidation and harassment. Pending final approval, the expanded buffer zone would replace the current 8-foot “bubble zone” shielding...
Erika Hathaway sits in her wheelchair in front of the Valencia Street Planned Parenthood. A new ordinance would require that she protests 25-feet away from the entrance. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Protesters at Planned Parenthood May Face 25-Foot Buffer Zone

Protesters against Planned Parenthood may have to shout a little louder to be heard if the amendments to the San Francisco Access to Health Care Facilities ordinance introduced by Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday are approved. The amendments would create a buffer zone in front of health care facilities like the Valencia Street Planned Parenthood clinic that would prohibit protesters,...
Erika Hathaway sits in her wheelchair in front of the Valencia Street Planned Parenthood. A new ordinance would require that she protests 25-feet away from the entrance. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Planned Parenthood and Pro-Life Advocates Clash Over Space in Front of Valencia St. Clinic

Every Thursday morning, before most people get out of bed, Erika Hathaway packs her wheelchair into her uncle’s truck and heads to the Planned Parenthood clinic on Valencia Street. Hathaway isn’t receiving ongoing medical treatment at Planned Parenthood. She is an anti-abortion protester who situates her wheelchair in prime position — in front of the clinic doors. Hathaway and her uncle,...