Women's Escort Service, class of 1989

The Women’s Escort Service, part of the Women’s Political Task Force, was founded by Brown University student Pamina Gorbach, class of 1989. When she transferred to Brown from Johns Hopkins University, Gorbach recognized the need for escorts to help guide women seeking abortions into the Women’s Medical Center, protecting them from pro-life protesters. The volunteers were trained in how to approach and address an incoming patient and how to safely guide them into the center without taking a political stance. In 1986 there were at least thirty students who had been trained to participate in the Escort Service.