Pro-life web site: Asheville City Councilman Bothwell is volunteer escort at Asheville abortion clinic

The story is here from I noticed that Asheville blog Jane Q. Republican had picked it up.

Asheville, NC ( — Newly-minted city councilman Cecil Bothwell has received considerable national news attention recently because he is a declared atheist, and because the North Carolina Constitution prohibits anyone who denies “Almighty God” from holding office.

Bothwell is also coming under fire because he continues to work as an escort at an abortion center despite his position in local elected office.

One person making an issue of the discrepancy is local figure and Southern Heritage activist, H.K. Edgerton, an African-American known for parading while wearing a Confederate uniform as he carries the Stars and Bars flag.

What no media outlet has mentioned is that, for many years, Bothwell has been a volunteer “escort” at the Femcare abortion facility in Asheville.

Once a month, wearing a blaze-orange vest, Bothwell patrols the Femcare parking lot, greets pregnant women at their cars and walks them to the door, sometimes holding the door, inside of which they will have their pre-born children killed.

“I… have such a high regard for constitutional rights that I’m willing to put my life on the line to protect women who are threatened with violence when they seek access to family planning help,” Bothwell posted on the Asheville Citizen-Times on-line commentary site prior to the November election.

Local pro-life activist Meredith Eugene Hunt disagrees with Bothwell’s characterization.

Hunt told “Mr. Bothwell doesn’t stand up for constitutional rights, if he thinks aborting children is one of them. He doesn’t put his life on the line, because there’s virtually no danger.

She continued: “And it’s not true that women who come to abort their children are threatened with violence, unless it’s the violence of abortion. If he calls aborting a child, ‘family planning,’ what will city planning be?”

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7 Comments on "Pro-life web site: Asheville City Councilman Bothwell is volunteer escort at Asheville abortion clinic"

  1. Yeah, and I wrote the entire original press release, too, with the correct pronouns, but the editor thought it wise to change them without asking me, the source. Oh, it’s amusing, like a stale joke. What’s interesting is that people think Meredith is a feminine name. It’s no more feminine than Madison, Hunter, or Peterson, all used for girls now. Abortion certainly is not feminine.

  2. Amusing that they gave Meredith a sex change in this story. Wonder how s/he will like it.

  3. Voted for Mumpower | December 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Reply

    I voted for Mumpower because his antics were entertaining and his lone vote would likely not affect the outcome of any important issue. I was anticipating missing "The Mumpower Show," but now it looks like Bothwell will be just as entertaining.

    • Doug Cegelis | August 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Reply

      So basically you’re mildly retarded? I’m sorry to hear that, but good luck with your plight. Seriously, who votes for a candidate based on this type of logic?

  4. Hey, if the religious right get their way we won’t be able to donate a Kidney to a loved one either.

    What I do with my body is my business. If I want to get my boob removed to prevent cancer I can. Same thing either way.

    My body, my choice….

  5. Casey Carmichael | December 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Reply

    Drive or bike by on a Saterday moring and see what the women go through. I commmend Cecil for doing this.

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