In a viral TikTok posted this week, an aggressive white woman was shown running towards an abortion clinic escort, then calling the police and pretending to be harassed herself.
The video, which now has over 2 million views, was posted by Riley Jo O’Brien (@rileyjoobrien), a creator with over 35,600 followers on TikTok. O’Brien volunteers for Camp of Gampan abortion rights organization that assigns volunteer escorts to protect people visiting reproductive health clinics from harassment by anti-abortion protesters.
The video shows a hostile woman, dubbed “Karen” in TikTok comments, making kissing noises and running towards O’Brien. O’Brien says she is an anti-abortion activist.
The woman then sees O’Brien filming, and claims that she is the one being harassed, and apparently proceeds to call the police on O’Brien.
“Are you harassing me?…You can’t film me…I’ll call the police!” says the woman in the video.
“The officers asked us to get information on the aggressive protesters, and since you rushed at me and I thought you were about to spit on me, I’m just going to make sure we get your information. “, O’Brien replied
“Watch how quickly this forced birth activist goes from abuser to victim,” O’Brien captioned the video.
Users in the comments section of the viral TikTok were furious with Karen for her alleged hypocrisy.
“How are they going to be in everyone’s business but be cry babies when someone does the same to them?” one user commented.
“‘Are you stalking me?!’ THE IRONY of these people,” replied another.
“‘You scare me’ uh you harass women who need medical intervention,” replied a third.
People who seek treatment at clinics offering abortions are often victims of intimidation and violence. Anti-abortion sentiments being emboldened by recent abortion bans in 2021, cases of death threats, harassment and assaults are on the rise, according to a report by the National Abortion Federation.
the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act in the United States prohibits intimidation or physical obstruction near reproductive health clinics. However, the United States has not banned nationwide anti-abortion protests within a certain radius of clinics.
Only Colorado, Montana and Massachusetts have passed statewide “buffer zone” legislation banning protests near abortion clinics. In other countries, like Canada, buffer zones have been put in place to prohibit demonstrations within a radius of 50 meters around the clinics. In Australia“safe access zones” have been set up within 150 meters of the clinics.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Riley Jo O’Brien and Gamp Camp for comment via email.
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*First published: March 22, 2022, 2:03 p.m. CDT
Grace Stanley is a journalist covering creators and influencers. They were previously social media managers for Nautilus Magazine and attended the University of Texas at Austin.