This is always a possibility when working with abortion access organizations. Please know that we are here to support you and know that we hope you contact us if this happens. We are experts at creating messaging or safety plans in the case of potential event protesting. One very important thing to remember is that the best course of action is non-engagement- they are really just looking for attention. If you do decide to respond or get questioned by folks who are honestly curious about why you are partnering with WHO/O it is important that you respond with compassion. We can help you come up with any official statement that can be used to respond in a compassionate and non-stigmatizing way.
Here are some simple statements to get you started:
We believe that no governing body should inflict control over the most personal parts of people's existence, or should try to limit the range of choices available. It is really that simple.
Abortion is a deeply personal and sometimes complex decision for a woman to make. You can’t make that decision for someone else. Nobody knows their specific situation—we’re not in her shoes.
We believe that single most important factor for women's advancement in society is our ability to control our fertility. Without that, we are trapped by the realities of pregnancy, childbirth and childrearing; rather than a privilege and a gift, these aspects of being female often become an unbearable burden. Attempts to limit women's reproductive freedom are no more than a gambit to keep women "in their place"-- a gambit in the guise of religious moralism. But anyways, aren't supposed to live in a secular society (separation of church and state anyone?)
Here is a great list of snappy come-backs from our friends at URGE. It addresses the very typical arguments by anti-choice folks: