Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared March 10 “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.”
“Every day, abortion providers like Whole Woman’s Health deliver high quality care in the face of harassment and threats to abortion access at the federal and local levels,” Frey said. “I’m proud to recognize today as Abortion Provider Appreciation Day to celebrate Whole Woman’s Health as an essential part of our community.”
Whole Woman’s Health is an abortion clinic with locations in Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota and Texas and its mission is to provide “compassionate” and “fabulous abortion care.”
The Hill points out:
The move on Wednesday comes exactly 27 years after the death of Dr. David Gunn, an abortion provider who was fatally shot by a man outside his clinic in Florida in 1993. At the time, The Washington Post reported that the man allegedly yelled, “Don’t kill any more babies,” before shooting the doctor.
According to Planned Parenthood, the holiday was first celebrated in 1996 in honor of Gunn.
The proclamation comes days after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an abortion case which challenges a Louisiana law which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
St. Paul, MN also unanimously approved a resolution last week to proclaim March 10 as “Abortion Providers Appreciation Day” in the city.
The resolution states that it honors the memory of Gunn and calls abortion one of the “safest medical procedures in the United States”
“…March 10 has since been established as a day to show appreciation for the high-quality care that abortion providers and clinic staff provide, and to celebrate their courage, compassion, and dedication to their work,” states the measure.