The Mountain Country Women’s Clinic in Livingston MT has been open for one week. There were 51 picketers, and patients from hundreds of miles away. That tells you that for all the talk about how there are “too many abortions,” right now in much of the country clinics are too few and too far between.
It’s not too late to Pledge-a-Picketer, a peaceful, nonviolent, amusing way to show your support for Dr. Wicklund’s commitment to help women regardless of their ability to pay. It’s a scandal that she needs to spend precious funds on a security system, but that’s the world we live in — her previous clinic was targeted by an arsonist. Set your own rate — a dollar? a quarter? Even a postcard of support would be nice.
(Want to read the post of which this is an update? If Nation blogs were designed like 99 percent of the blogs in the world, you’d just scroll down. But for some reason ours are designed so that you have to click on the blog title, in this case And Another Thing, which will bring you to the intro paragraphs of earlier posts, which you can then click on to get the whole story. Exhausting,I know.)
Dear Pledge-A-Picketers/ Friends:
First week’s numbers: 51 picketers were outside Mountain Country Women’s Clinc
PLEASE SEND YOUR PLEDGES TO:Mountain Country Women’s ClinicP.O. Box 1780Livingston, MT 59047
PAYPAL PAYMENT Option will be available by Feb. 10 via a pledge link at WWW.MOUNTAINCOUNTRYWOMENSCLINIC.COM.
Letter from Dr. Susan Wicklund:
Hello, and so many thanks to all of the people who have taken “The Pledge”!! It is Wednesday night, three days after opening Mountain Country Women’s Clinic in Livingston, Montana. I am exhausted, but happy to report that we are successfully caring for women who need our services. We have had patients who have traveled from North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, many parts of Montana, and from right here in Livingston. For those of you not familiar with our wide-open spaces, it means some of our patients have driven up to 8 hours to get here. We provided services to one woman for no cost because she had been bleeding and cramping for two weeks and unable to find anyone who would help her without her Medicaid being in place first. We helped another find partial funding through an organization in Wyoming, and have accepted others at a sliding scale. I never turn patients away because they can’t pay. I’ve been there.
The protesters were out in force on Monday, opening day, numbering 35 at high noon. Tuesday was quiet with only 6 protesters near a local grocery store, and then 6 again today on our street corner and near the clinic door. Any money that is received through the Pledge-A-Picketer campaign will be used to help defray the cost of subsidizing patients, and to help pay for the security system necessary to keep staff and patients safe.
On February 6th we will send out an email letting you know what the total protester count for the week is. Please do your own math and send in your pledged amount. Some of you will rather use the PayPal account on our website, which will be up and running next week.