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Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force is an all-volunteer, non-violent group
founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women's health clinics in the Washington, DC
WHAT does WACDTF do?
We provide escorts to ensure a
peaceful and reassuring presence for patients, their companions, and staff, at several local clinics.
WHY is WACDTF necessary?
Because many anti-Choice protesters still try to intimidate or harass anyone who provides or uses services
at reproductive health clinics. WACDTF helps counter these protesters' acts of harassment, picketing, and vandalism at clinics so that they remain open and accessible for all
women. We escort at the invitation of clinic owners and in cooperation with local law enforcement.
WHEN are escorts needed?
Escorts are generally needed each Saturday, rain or shine, between 7 - 11 a.m., depending on the clinic. And of course, we mobilize on
the days surrounding the January anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, when thousands of anti-Choice protesters are in town each year.
HOW do I get involved?
We hold monthly trainings for people to learn how to become clinic escorts. It is easy, and generally takes only 1½ hours to
learn the techniques we use to defuse potential problems with clinic protesters. Volunteer escorting is an important way to take a peaceful, proactive stance against the religious right, which wants to
control women's options. Come and help us prevent that from happening locally on the front lines of this insidious movement against women's rights.