The nearest dentist's office probably isn't surrounded by a praying, chanting crowd right now. Same goes for the nearest cardiologist's or closest library. But for patients seeking the medical services at the Central West End Planned Parenthood, the visit is accompanied by insistent, pious protesters who cluster around the clinic's front driveway.
"By the time they get to our front steps, it's not uncommon for our patients to be in tears,"
says Paula Gianino, president of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
On March 5, the St. Louis-based Coalition For Life kicked off its "40 Days For Life" campaign, which will place anti-abortion protesters at Planned Parenthood's gated, compoundlike CWE location every day of the week for the next 40 days.More »