With just one abortion clinic left in Kentucky, one pro-life group is going to jumbo lengths to shut it down.
Mark Harrington, national director of the pro-life group Created Equal, plans to set up a 12-foot by 18-foot Jumbotron in downtown Louisville on Wednesday to broadcast a graphic abortion procedure. The stunt is meant to “raise awareness about abortion and to change public opinion.”
“If it’s the public policy of our country that abortion is legal, then abortion should be shown publicly,” Harrington told the Washington Times. “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.”
Created Equal’s move comes as hundreds of protesters have descended upon the Bluegrass State’s last remaining abortion provider, EMW Women’s Surgical Center, to voice their opposition to the practice. The demonstrations have been organized by Operation Save America.
The demonstrations have been so intense, U.S. District Judge David J. Hale issued a temporary restraining order last week, establishing a 15-foot by 7.5-foot buffer zone at the clinic’s entrance in order to protect patients at the facility.
Hale’s decision came after about a dozen pro-life protesters were arrested during a May demonstration at the EMW clinic. Police said the activists were blocking access to the Louisville clinic.
Brigitte Amiri, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project, said the buffer zone offers a “small measure of relief” to those who support the clinic and are seeking its services.
“No one should be prevented from a medical appointment by an egregious blockade of their health care provider,” she said.
As for the Created Equal demonstration, the pro-life group plans to drive a mobile Jumbotron broadcasting a graphic abortion through Louisville’s city streets through Saturday as part of a week of protest effort.
“Nothing is as effective as the Jumbotron video of an actual abortion shown in the public square,” a news release on the issue stated, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “Many Kentucky residents are still blinded from the truth about abortionists’ lies and propaganda.”
Not everyone, though, is convinced the stunt will be successful. Some even believe those sympathetic to Created Equal’s pro-life message will disapprove of the protest tactic.
“These tactics have backfired on them in the past because even people who oppose abortion don’t like these types of displays,” said Meg Stern, who serves as a clinic escort for EMW. “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.”
Kentucky only has one abortion clinic left — down from 17 in 1978. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, wants to bring the number of clinics to zero.