Sarah – a pro-choice activist and feminist is in urgent need of legal funds surrounding politically charged criminal proceedings she’ll be facing in the coming months.
Police arrested Sarah in December 2010 during a regularly occurring pro-choice demo where she and other activists hold welcoming signs for patients entering reproductive health clinics to combat the harassment anti-choicers inflict on patients. The courts pinned Sarah with outlandish felony and misdemeanor charges. On arrest, the arresting officer purposefully misgendered Sarah as male (despite previously referring to Sarah as “she”) before his colleagues subjected her to abuses within the jail due to her sexual orientation and gender expression.
Sarah is currently on her way to trial. The first preliminary hearing ended in a continuance as neither the anti-choicers nor the police showed up. During the second preliminary hearing date, all legally involved were in attendance. During the hearing the antis were relentless, stating blatant lies on the stand. The judge recommended a plea deal to drop Sarah’s charges to a summary offense of which the antis turned down. The judge attempted to convince them that the Christian thing to do would be to have some mercy – advising them to think very hard about choosing to disrupt Sarah’s life in such a way. Ignoring the judge’s advice, the antis insisted on pressing charges. Sarah is a queer, single mother of a three year old child. As apparently these “pro-family” Christians have little room for consideration of the welfare of children beginning life outside the womb, Sarah is being forced into a long criminal court process during which she will have to spend time away from her child and afford childcare costs.
Anti-choice Christians claim that they care about women and children. They allege to come from a place of gentle love and compassion. These are the same people who have told pro-choice counter protesters (trigger warning!) that women’s clothes invite rape, that they themselves would rape women if it weren’t for Jesus, and that child victims of molestation and sexual assault who undergo abortions should face jail time, among other misogynistic, infectious, and anti-family sentiments. These people clearly demonstrate the anti-choice movement’s true purpose: controlling women. It is not about caring for the life and health of children or their parents. Countering anti-choice harassment and supporting patients is very important for these reasons and a thousand others. We cannot let these people and their lies stop patient support, nor can we allow the legal system to harm mothers and children in our communities.
Through organizing and attending clinic protests over the past months, Sarah has shown endless commitment to supporting women and countering the damaging effects of the anti-choice movement in Pittsburgh. Please show her your support in return.
Sarah is in urgent need of monetary support so that she can be properly represented in court to allow her to get back to her normal life with her family. We need to raise $5,000 to cover expenses including those for legal counsel, court fees, and childcare costs.
(Note: Danielle Iorio will be handling the majority of donations made to Sarah’s legal fund in order to maintain Sarah’s privacy.)
To donate securely electronically using paypal, click here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TYWJ59WCM65EL
Please submit cash and checks to Danielle Iorio.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE CHECKS OUT IN SARAH’S NAME.
Checks can be made out to Danielle Iorio and can be sent to the Pittsburgh ABC PO BOx:
Sarah’s Legal Fund
c/o ABC Pgh
PO Box 9272
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Please direct any further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your support!
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