As many of you already know, KCRH was besieged by a threat to it’s physical facility on Monday morning May 2 around 8:07 a.m., when someone rolled a City of Knoxville garbage bin onto our parking lot. Captured on video, the man suspiciously looked in all directions as he reached into his pocket, retrieving something, and placed it into the garbage bin, then ran off.
KPD was called, the bomb squad, ATF, U.S. Marshalls and FBI, all who descended on the clinic, roping off a large swath of the Ft. Sanders community while evacuating all the local student housing apartment complexes. After many hours of careful evaluation, the ATF declared the unit contained no explosives or bombs but an old air conditioner rigged to look like a possible explosive. You can imagine the relief all were experiencing. KCRH felt the community enforcement officials took our concerns and this threat seriously. We felt supported.
So while the day was already challenging to the max, receiving the news at the end of the day about the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion brief pushed us over the edge with anger and outrage. We understand this draft is not a final decision by SCOTUS, but it is ominous and a clear position of intent of this radically extremist Court. The U.S. taking a position of forced pregnancy on citizens of this country, clearly indicates that this Court has no respect for women, for bodily autonomy of half the population, relegating American women to the status of second class citizens.
While this position is not a surprise to those of us closely following the course of this political argument through the years, we are outraged! And so too, should you be!!!
In the meantime, ABORTION IS LEGAL in our state until the Court’s final decision comes down in June or July 2022.
KCRH will be providing abortion services until the very last moment that we can should ROE be overturned when the Tennessee trigger ban, already encoded into law but under injunction, WOULD GO INTO EFFECT.