GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Even on a sunny day, Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Ill., has an uninviting look to it. The concrete façade and tiny windows of the abortion center contrast sharply with the bright red brick of Gateway Regional Hospital across the street.
Kasey Schwartz, a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, found herself outside of the Hope Clinic earlier this month. People were outside the center protesting, while designated escorts from the center stood ready to accompany women into the facility for their appointments.
Schwartz and four of her friends had come to the abortion facility on Aug. 6 for a different purpose: sidewalk counseling.
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