Stage A Vigil
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Your contribution will facilitate a religious, pro-choice activist’s peaceful support for those entering clinics for reproductive health services, including abortion. A Peaceful Presence demonstration ensures that there is a calm and supportive presence at clinics, which have often been the scene of violence and anti-choice extremists’ aggressive attempts to intimidate women seeking reproductive health services. Your contribution will support the training of one peaceful activist.
Your support for an activist’s Peaceful Presence vigil at a health clinic ensures that women and girls seeking reproductive health services, including abortion, have supporters on their side during anti-choice rallies or demonstrations outside a clinic. Our Peaceful Presence training teaches religious, pro-choice activists to support patients and clinic staff who may be under tremendous pressure, educate those seeking reproductive health services about religious support and model peaceful behavior for both pro-choice and anti-choice demonstrators. Our Peaceful Presence demonstrations are not intended to change the minds of anti-choice demonstrators. This intense training — based on principles of non-violence and non-confrontation — prepares activists for aggressive harassment (yelling or close physical contact) and soft harassment (attacking the pro-choice position) as well as organizing and safety advice for the peaceful demonstration. Your contribution will support the training of one religious, pro-choice activist at a clinic.