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Abortion-Rights Opponents Urged To Go Undercover To Keep Texas Women From Abortion Appointments

Abortion-Rights Opponents Urged To Go Undercover To Keep Texas Women From Abortion Appointments

November 13, 2013 — Cicada Collective, a Texas reproductive-rights group, on Sunday denounced a Facebook post that encouraged abortion-rights opponents to become undercover volunteers with the organization to prevent women from going to their abortion appointments, the Melbourne Herald Sun reports.

The Facebook post included an email address for Cicada Collective and said the group was looking for volunteers to "shuttle [Texas] women around for their abortion appointments." The post urged abortion-rights opponents to apply as volunteers, then bring the women to a church instead of their scheduled abortion appointments.

The post said volunteering with the shuttle service would be "a wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion minded woman for an hour while you DON'T take her to the clinic." It added, "And hey if you can't change her mind by the time she gets out of your car and reali[z]es she is at church and not the clinic she's missed her appointment anyway."

Cicada Collective quickly discovered the post and responded to it on the group's Twitter account and Facebook page. The group said it would carefully screen applicants to prevent abortion-rights opponents from becoming volunteers.

The Herald Sun reports that the group Abolish Human Abortion might be behind the post. The group responded to such accusations by posting, "We deny that we support it," adding, "Kidnapping and abortion are wrong for the same reasons, they both violate the inherent rights and dignity of other human beings" (Young, Melbourne Herald Sun, 11/11).