You are invited to celebrate the release of the new book:
Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism
by David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon
Thursday, May 7
6pm – 8pm
Philadelphia Women’s Center
777 Appletree Street, 7th Floor
We invite you to come and hear about the people—not the politics—behind the abortion debate.
Eight abortion providers have been murdered by “pro-life” terrorists since 1993. When such an assassination happens, it’s covered in the news for a day or two—and then we go back to talking about abortion as a political buzzword.
Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, the new book from Drexel University law professor and Women’s Law Project board member David S. Cohen and attorney Krysten Connon, is the first nationwide exploration of the underbelly of anti-abortion harassment. We often hear about clinic protests, but we rarely hear about targeted harassment of abortion providers and clinic staff while in their homes, at their children’s schools, and in their neighborhood on the weekend. In Living in the Crosshairs, we hear from doctors, nurses and clinic staff who live, raise families, and go to work while under constant threat of violence.
In their new book, Cohen and Connon explore the variety of harassment methods, legal responses to it, and its effects on victims. This is a story about people, with abortion politics as the backdrop. It’s a story about medical professionals who have been followed home, stalked, and have had images of their faces pasted onto “Wanted” posters and buried under a bull’s eye target. It is a story about a doctor who received a phone call at work that his house and barn had been burned to the ground, and his horses were dead; people who felt forced to enroll their children in private schools, hire decoys, wear bulletproof vests, and carry a gun.
Though nationwide in scope, this book was inspired by Cohen’s early work as a staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project and his work representing Jen Boulanger, who is now Director of Communications at The Women’s Center. Boulanger has written extensively about her experience being harassed throughout her career.
At this reception, we will hear from:
*Jen Boulanger, Communications Director of The Women’s Center
*Lynne Molter, Professor of Engineering at Swarthmore College & longtime clinic escort
*Michelle Kinsey Bruns, AKA @ClinicEscort, clinic escort advocate & anti-harassment activist
*Authors David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon
Space is limited. RSVP to Tara Murtha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Please note you will need to give your name and present current photo ID at the door. No one will be allowed access without photo identification.
Wine and cheese will be served. Reception sponsored by Women’s Law Project & the Philadelphia Women’s Center.