Two anti-abortion groups, Operation Save America and Created Equal, are planning to show an abortion on a mobile Jumbotron screen in Louisville, Kentucky, this week.
The 8-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide Jumbotron will show the abortion video in front of the EMW Women's Surgical Center July 26, reports The Christian Post.
Mark Harrington, who heads Created Equal, compared his group to the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
The tension present at Dr. King's demonstrations was a result of racism, not the tactic of nonviolent disobedience. Likewise, the tension present at Created Equal's activities is a result of the ageism that lies under the surface. When we bring this grisly truth out into the open, the tension that has long been ignored is finally revealed.
Harrington also defended showing the gruesome video with a statement to The Washington Times: "If it's the public policy of our country that abortion is legal, then abortion should be shown publicly. If people are upset with the video, then they should be upset about abortion, not those who are showing it. We're just depicting what happens every day in America."
Harrington told The Christian Post that the Jumbotron is "the most effective use of our resources because it bypasses the fake news media with an uncensored message that goes directly to the people. People stop and pick up tons of our literature after seeing the Jumbotron video. They eagerly want to know more about abortion."
There are hundreds of anti-abortion activists in Louisville for the Operation Save America's annual national conference, notes The Washington Times. Their protest target is the EMW Women's Surgical Center, which is the only abortion clinic in Kentucky.
Rusty Thomas, Operation Save America's national director, said: "It's like all eyes are on Louisville right now. It's not a matter of if the abortion clinic goes; it’s a matter of when."
District Judge David Hale authorized a temporary restraining order July 21 that requires a 15-foot by 7.5-foot buffer zone outside the clinic to protect patients from the anti-abortion protesters, 11 of whom were arrested July 24.
Brigitte Amiri, a lawyer with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, called the buffer zone a "small measure of relief," adding, "No one should be prevented from a medical appointment by an egregious blockade of their health care provider."
Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, said July 20 at a press conference that the Jumbotron may backfire, noted the Courier-Journal:
These tactics have backfired on them in the past because even people who oppose abortion don't like these types of displays. So I'm not sure that they will be greeted with any more enthusiasm in Louisville than they have in other parts of the country.
The administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky ordered the EMW Women's Surgical Center to close down in March for not having "transfer agreements," which abortion clinics are supposed to have (per Kentucky law) with hospitals and ambulances should a patient have a medical emergency, noted the Courier-Journal.
However, any patient can be taken to any hospital in any emergency situation per the Emergency Medical and Treatment Labor Act, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The EMW Women's Surgical Center filed a federal lawsuit in March to stay open.
Harrington told The Washington Times that he hopes to close down the women's clinic, and send "shock waves through America and the abortion industry."
"I think we have our best shot here in Kentucky, but if it doesn't happen in Kentucky, there are several states where the final remaining abortion clinics are hanging by a thread," Harrington added. "We could begin to see a domino effect."
Sources: The Washington Times, Courier-Journal (2), The Christian Post, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services / Photo credit: haven't the slightest/Flickr, Jess Sloss/Flickr, Lorena Flores Aguero/Flickr