Earlier this week, we hosted our second Houston Men for Choice fundraiser at Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company with over 100 local activists who wanted to get more involved, drink great beer and raise money for our organization to continue the hard-hitting work we’re known for. After we announced the location of this fundraiser a few months ago, the Houston Coalition for Life went bonkers over the thought that a local brewery would dare host a fundraiser for an organization that wants to advance reproductive freedom for Texans (Free Press Houston even called them out for promoting the harassment of the brewery online).
On Monday night after Houston Men for Choice was underway, anti-choice protestors stood outside of the brewery’s parking lot entrance with their usual shock value signs, pressing against car windows and getting into the faces of patrons coming to attend the fundraiser. They also handed out this custom-made flyer:
Acts of intimidation like this protest on Monday have been the anti-choice movement’s standard method for years, and statistics show that levels of violence, trespassing and harassment of clinics and clinic employees still escalate to this day. Abortion clinics in Houston are no different—most of the people who walk through the doors of a clinic must first walk through a crowd of screaming protestors. Sometimes the harassment and intimidation doesn’t end there.
These anti-choice extremists in Houston have been known to post pictures of patients and their vehicles online, and at least one protestor has been charged multiple times with trespassing on clinic property. This flyer is a reminder to us that we’re doing something right, and that as we continue to advocate for access to abortion care in Texas, we’ll need all the help we can get to fight these groups that want to end abortion altogether.