Anti-Abortion Protesters in Durango
A small militant group of abortion protesters has
been active in Durango, Colorado. The group is run by “Michaela
Dasteel, director of LifeGuard”, and as reported in the March 16,
2007 Durango Herald, their activities include:
protesters get ‘rambunctious’”
car with sign, exchange words to be more vocal”
and on May 10, 2007
Parenthood seeks safety”
to continue as fence built to protect clients”
The names of other militant protesters included in the article
(I can forward complete copies (and/or PrintScreen images) of
these pages/articles if they disappear from the Herald’s web
The threatening nature of the harassment has forced
the Durango Planned Parenthood to appeal for volunteers to “help
patients obtain safe access to Planned Parenthood services”. http://www.wrcdurango.org/MemberNews.htm
Planned Parenthood of Durango
needs Volunteer Escorts to monitor protestor activity and help
patients obtain safe access to Planned Parenthood services.
Training will be provided. For more information, contact Emily
Gates, Education Program Manager/Public Affairs Regional
Coordinator, 970-375-9558, Emily.Gates@pprm.org.
Freedom of Choice
We all should have a freedom to conduct our lives as
we see fit, but this freedom does not extend to fringe/cult groups
that try to impose their personal agendas on other people. Yet
this is what the local “LifeGuard” group has been doing.
(LifeGuard is affiliated with American Life League.) They have
been harassing the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Durango for
over a year. Their intention is too intimidate patients and staff
at the clinic.
Michaela Dasteel’s activities extend to trying to get
the local hospital (Mercy Medical Center) to dismiss doctors who
disagree with her view. As quoted in an article by Michaela
Dasteel as printed at:
Everywhere one turns in Durango,
Dr. G _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is lauded as a high-minded, principled man.
A good man. An idealist and seeker of truth. His obstetric and
gynecology patients acknowledge his great skill and compassion.
He is, in fact, the most dangerous kind of abortionist - one who
does it for “moral” reasons.
Dr. G _ _ _ _ _ _ _ performs his work without controversy. To my
knowledge, there has been no public protest against his being
granted full privileges at Mercy.
Abortionists are protected from dismissal primarily because the
law also protects Catholic hospitals from reprisals when they
refuse to do abortions and sterilizations. . . . .
The solution to this problem is to challenge the
Signed (including E-mail)
that Michaela Dasteel is active in.
(Web Page includes Michaela’s street address and telephone number)
Diocese of Pueblo
Return to Durango Bill’s
Michaela Dasteel (Servant
414 East Third Avenue [414 3rd Ave]
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-5498 or 385-6744
and the URL for Solt Ministries: http://www.solt.org/groups.html
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