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Subject: Abortion clinic defense/escorting
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: piscean-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 11 Jun 2003 14:35 PDT
Expires: 11 Jul 2003 14:35 PDT
Question ID: 216168
I am looking for local Los Angeles-area or all-Southern
California-wide abortion rights activists who are still doing on-going
clinic defense and patient escorting.  I am very experienced, and
worried about the current climate, and always available for clinic
Subject: Re: Abortion clinic defense/escorting
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 11 Jun 2003 16:06 PDT
Dear piscean,

After extensive research, I found out that the "California Abortion &
Reproductive Rights Action League" and the local Californian
affiliates of the "Planned Parenthood Federation of America" are
organizing Abortion Clinic Defense and Abortion Clinic Escort, and
that they are always looking for volunteers who are willing to
participate. Here is full contact information, so you can contact
those organizations and become active as a volunteer yourself:

-- Planned Parenthood Federation of America --

"Volunteer to be a clinic escort. Clinics need your help and you will
become better educated about the real issues of reproductive health
care and clinic violence. (To find your local Planned Parenthood
affiliate, view state listing, then select the county or city where
you reside.)"

Planned Parenthood Federation of America: 10 Things You Can Do

- Los Angeles -

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
1920 Marengo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-223-4462
Fax: 323-225-5844

- Mar Monte -

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
1691 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 287-7532
Fax: (831) 373-3412

Regional Contacts for Volunteer Opportunities, under the Mar Monte

Planned Parenthood San Jose
Director, Volunteer Services
1746 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 297-5090

Planned Parenthood Monterey
Volunteer Contact
1900 Garden Road. Ste. 230
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-373-1709

Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz
Volunteer Contact 
1119 Pacific Avenue, Ste. 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-425-1551

Planned Parenthood Fresno
Volunteer Contact 
633 N. Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93728
Phone: 559-488-4932

Planned Parenthood Sacramento
Volunteer Contact 
1507 21st St., Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-446-5037

Planned Parenthood Stockton
Volunteer Contact 
415 W. Benjamin Holt, D-4
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: 209-473-8982

- Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties -

E-Mail, Volunteer Opportunities: 

Planned Parenthood
Santa Barbara Center 
518 Garden Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Phone: (805) 963-5801 
Fax: (805) 965-2292

Planned Parenthood
Ventura Center 
5400 Ralston Street 
Ventura, CA 93003 
Phone: (805) 658-3232
Fax: (805) 644-0086 

Planned Parenthood
San Luis Obispo Center
743 Pismo Street 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 
Phone: (805) 549-9446 
Fax: (805) 549-0749 

Planned Parenthood
Santa Maria Center 
415 East Chapel Street 
Santa Maria, CA 93454 
Phone: (805) 922-8317
Fax: (805) 928-7671 

- Pasadena -

Planned Parenthood of Pasadena
1045 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
Phone: (626) 794-5737
Fax: (626) 798-4706

- Orange and San Berhardino -

Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino
700 S. Tustin Street
Orange,  CA  92866
Phone: (714) 633-6373
WWW Site:

- San Diego & Riverside Counties -

Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties
1075 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 683-7526
Fax: (619) 542-0486

-- CARAL - California Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League --

"Clinic Defense. Get on the front lines of the Choice movement by
being a clinic defender. You will welcome women to Women's Health
Clinics and ensure that they are not being in any way harassed and
intimidated by anti-choice protesters. You will also be responsible
for logging any infractions that you observe. Training is provided."

California Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League: Volunteer

Contact information:

32 Monterey Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: 415-334-1502
Fax: 415-334-6510

Search terms used:
"clinic protection"
escorting "abortion rights"
"pro choice" activists "los angeles"
"clinic defense" "los angeles"
"become a clinic escort" 
fax "California Abortion & Reproductive Rights"
"Abortion Rights Activist "
"planned parenthood" "clinic escort"

Hope this helps!
Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by piscean-ga on 12 Jun 2003 07:20 PDT
Thank you for your efforts, but I asked only for Southern
California(although I would gladly go to Northern or Central
California for emergency defense), and CARAL is no longer in the
Southland.  Also Southern California Planned Parenthood stopped
volunteer patient escorting several years ago, so I'm wondering if you
got your info off the various national org webpages, or if you spoke
to any of the facilities personally.  For example, patient escorting
isn't even on the list of volunteer opportunities on the LA website,
and I periodically approach them about doing it.


Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 12 Jun 2003 09:48 PDT
Dear piscean,

My information derives exclusively from the websites I consulted
during my research. Speaking to the employees of those organizations
personally would be rather complicated for me, since I am located in
Europe. I trusted in the statement I found on Planned Parenthood's
national website, calling for volunteer clinic escorts.
But I have also found an actual calls for such vounteers on one of
Planned Parenthood's local Southern Californian websites:

Planned Parenthood Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties
"Voulunteer: Clinic Escort Volunteers. Help ensure a peaceful and
non-confrontational entry to our San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria Clinic
for patients confronted by picket activity."

And, though not located in Southern California, I found also this
referring to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (San Jose):

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (San Jose)
"Volunteer Opportunities: In the Health Centers – Volunteer
opportunities in the health centers include (...) clinic defense

These findings led me, not without reason, to the conclusion that the
local Planned Parenthood organizations are searching clinic escort
and/or defense voulunteers in general.

Maybe you would be interested in approaching the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America to ask them directly for volunteer clinic
defense and/or escort opportunities in Southern California? If someone
has the best access to that kind of information, it should be them:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
434 West 33rd St. 
New York, NY 10001 
Phone: 212-541-7800
Fax: 212-245-1845

Also, the activist organization Abortion Access Project may have
information relating to Southern California that could be helpful for

Abortion Access Project
552 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 215
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Phone: (617) 661-1161
Fax: (617) 492-1915

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