“Care in Chaos”: New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump


AMY GOODMAN: Jessica, I wanted to turn to
a new documentary by your news organization, Rewire, that chronicles the rising tide of
harassment and violence against abortion providers and clinics under the Trump administration. This is a clip from Care in Chaos, which features
abortion clinic administrator Calla Hales in North Carolina. CALLA HALES: I try not to focus on the history
of assassinations of doctors and attacks on doctors and clinic workers in the past. If I focused on that every day, I wouldn’t
get out of bed. And I have to keep moving forward. This clinic has to stay open. ANTE PAVKOVIC: They kill babies. They poison them. They dismember them. And then they say, as they wipe their bloody
hands across their lying mouths, “We’ve done no evil. We’ve done nothing wrong. We’re helping people by murdering their
offspring. We’re helping people by killing little baby
boys and girls.” CALLA HALES: It really does upset a lot of
patients to be able to hear people yelling and screaming and calling them names on amplification,
while you’re in the back of a building that’s 200 feet away and there’s layers of concrete
and wood between you. AMY GOODMAN: That was Calla Hales, the lead
administrator at A Preferred Women’s Health Center—that’s the name of it—in North
Carolina. It operates four abortion clinics across North
Carolina and Georgia. She’s featured in the new Rewire documentary
Care in Chaos, that’s directed by Lindsay Beyerstein and Martyna Starosta. Jessica Pieklo, can you talk about why this
documentary was made? It talks about the clinics in North Carolina,
in Fargo, North Dakota, as well. JESSICA MASON PIEKLO: Sure. So, I think this is a really important film
for several reasons. First, we decided to make the documentary
because while there’s a lot of talk about legislative attacks on abortion rights, specifically
at the state level, there’s not a lot of focus and a lot of attention drawn to the
attacks on access at the front door. And so that is one goal of the film. Another goal of the film is to show the critical
importance in buy-in of local law enforcement in terms of protecting and facilitating a
patient’s rights to access the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy when they need
to, as well as the rights and safety of the doctors and staff and companions that are
working with these patients. And I think the documentary does a really
good job of contrasting these two. The protests in Charlotte are out of control. You have hundreds of people descending on
a clinic that is, in Charlotte, sort of off a rural road. It’s not easy to get to. They set up fake ultrasound clinics. They approach people at their doors of the
cars and talk to them, walk right through. They are on amplification systems that go
all the way through into the clinics, so that patients who are in counseling rooms and in
the process of procedures can hear the shouting. They can hear people calling them terrible
names, calling them “killers,” asking them to please reconsider and wait for Mother’s
Day. And these are not the plump grandmothers that
the Supreme Court talked about when it struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone law a couple
years ago. These are extremely agitated, the most extreme
wing of the anti-abortion, anti-choice movement. These are people whose singular goal is to
recriminalize abortion, and also have zero problem jailing women and providers who do
terminate pregnancies. We’ve seen those prosecutions. They are ongoing. And so, I think that when you contrast Charlotte
with then Fargo, for example, where you have a law enforcement officer who is absolutely
neutral, is objective in the way that she carries out her jobs, very literally as an
officer of the peace—and so, what you have is a very different situation outside of the
clinic in Fargo. You have protesters, for sure, but you don’t
have the kind of amplification systems. You don’t have the kind of shouting. You don’t have the throngs and throngs and
throngs that the film shows in Charlotte. What you have is a cooperative relationship,
a relationship where law enforcement makes sure that protest rights are protected and
that the constitutional right to privacy in abortion is protected, as well. AMY GOODMAN: Well, Jessica Mason Pieklo, we’re
going to link to your piece, Care in Chaos, the documentary online at Rewire. Jessica Mason Pieklo is a legal analyst and
vice president of law and the courts at Rewire, speaking to us from Denver Open Media in Denver,
Colorado. This is Democracy Now! When we come back, we’ll speak with Keith
Ellison, congressman from Minneapolis, first Muslim congressman to be elected to Congress,
speaking to us from the Capitol. Stay with us.

25 Replies to ““Care in Chaos”: New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump”

  1. Wait.. so this is trumps fault?

    Lol DN you have turned into a propaganda machine. What next
    "Hang nails on the rise because of trump"

    This is just sad. Bash the guy for his many flaws if you must but stop with the propaganda.

  2. If the protestors really want to make an impact and a difference they should do a mass campaign to sign up all anti abortion folks to adopt children and then follow thru on it and actually adopt. Start at all their protests and get every protestor to commit to adopting a child that would have otherwise been aborted. That would actually provide a solution and alternative. Killing doctors, bombing clinics and verbally assaulting already traumatized women is counterproductive to their message and cause

  3. What are these abortion protesters doing on week days during business hours anyhow? Ought they not to be working a job?

  4. I do not believe in abortions and have six children, I do believe in the rights of people to decide for themselves what is right for them.To the guy yelling in this vidio use a dam condom and there would be no need for an abortions.

  5. The oligarchy will need to re-fill the military and police force in the near future to protect them while they continue their oppression of the people. That is why a new re-surgence is promoted against abortions, expect it to get worse.

  6. protesting is a right. if they want to waste their day doing so, we shouldn't stop them from exercising it. personally thou if they want to make a difference, may be they should mentor at risk kids, but that's just what I think.

  7. Abortion in the Bible, do these people read their own Bible. Know your Bible. Numbers 5:11-31 The Test for an Unfaithful Wife, “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband”— here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”

  8. So these protestors are "pro-life" but are willing to KILL doctors and many lives to prove that they are "anti-killing?" Hmmm….🌚🍸

  9. How about personal responsibility. Not putting ones self in a position like this. It's sad how life is taken for granted. I wouldn't have abortion be illeagal, but the numbers of potential lives that are snuffed out is abhorrent. You soulless fucks jyst spout the dogma of the day. You are trully pathetic, Amy and Co.

  10. Shouldn't Pro-Life groups be the most fervent zealous supporters of PLANNED Parenthood in terms of easy, free, universal access to contraception, comprehensive sex education, and women's reproductive healthcare? Shouldn't they be pushing for free IUDs for every woman who wants one? Wouldn't measures like that prevent abortions more than yelling at mostly poor women in a very tough spot or murdering physicians? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  11. What about the kids who grow up in abusive homes? Where's the protesters on that? There are too many children born into horrific situations. Obviously, a god, is not protecting these children. Enough is not being done to help and protect these children.
    I would think prolife includes supporting a child out of the uterus as well. A child is dependent physically and emotionally upon someone else for many years.

  12. Christians in a MINority: "Its important to respect everyones views."
    Christians in MAJority: "Fuck you, my God will dictate what you can do or not do!"

  13. ''Let's get one thing clear,GOD does need anyone to do his 'dirty work' whether your preaching from a 'extremist mosque or an 'extremist church?'

  14. Imagine the world view of that protestor, if he really believes what he's saying. They dismember babies? It's almost like paranoid schizophrenia.

  15. Imagine that. Abortion mills are "under attack". That doesn't bother me, except for the fact that abortion mills are not under attack by people armed with vaginal dialators and scissors.

  16. Abortion of the fetus is code for murder of the person. Abortion "providers" end the life of the person in the womb who cannot yet speak or fight for themselves. In many cases abortion providers are able to destroy these little ones with little chance of public accountability. However there are times when abortion providers awake in the morning eager to carry out their destruction, but instead they themselves are on the receiving end. These FORMER abortion providers never believed they themselves would be aborted-until it happened. We will never know how many little ones were saved with the removal of these abortion providers. When these removals occur they also tend to send a feeling of fear into many of these irresponsible mother's aiming to murder their child in the womb. The fear probably comes with realizing that if abortion providers can be aborted, that there's also the possibility that the irresponsible mother could be aborted as well. It would be good to see everyone survive. Not only the defenseless child in the womb, but also the abortion providers and irresponsible mother's as well. The only way to ensure survival in this matter is not to participate. Have a safe day😃😃😃😃😃

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