In the United States, abortion clinics are beset by anti-abortion protesters. The reply: squads of clinic escorts, groups of volunteers serving patients.
It is a well-honed scene that is repeated every Saturday morning. Stereo cacophony awaits patients at Choices Women’s Medical Center in the heart of Queens, a mixed-race community east of Manhattan. On the one hand, the exhortations of anti-abortion protesters as a welcoming committee, opposite committed pro-choice volunteers that surround and protect the women. These clinic escorts are privileged witnesses to the outposts of the merciless war delivered to the Americans. A battle for access to abortion that is also played out in the street and on the sidewalk. At the sight of the loud crowd that frames the front door, some patients turn away or hide their faces. Others debate or even insult the protesters. During our visit, very few turned their heels.
The activist Merle Hoffman, founder of the clinic, sees an explosive situation: “Patients are upset and escorts face often violent interactions. We work in a war zone. An alternative reality.”View Fullscreen
Choices Women’s Medical Center has implemented the following during our national emergency:
Currently, Medical Abortion Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday up to 11 weeks of pregnancy.
We are booking Surgical Abortion Appointments starting Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
GYN & Prenatal Care:
If you have a serious, symptomatic vaginal GYN issue, please call 718-786-5000 to check appointment availability.
Our Prenatal Care Program is open for patients. We strongly recommend that our existing prenatal patients continue to receive prenatal care.
All non-essential GYN appointments are currently closed and will be waitlisted. Please call 718-786-5000 to be added to our list. We will contact you when appointments are available.
NO WALK IN PATIENTS