Virtual reality can help you feel more empathy for women harassed at abortion clinics

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It’s hard to understand what it feels like to be confronted or bullied outside a women’s health center — until it happens to you. 

I’d never had that experience until last year, while reporting on the Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Before visiting the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in San Antonio, I expected some type of encounter. 

What I couldn’t anticipate was the surge of adrenaline and mild panic I felt when, after I opened my car door, a middle-aged man wearing sunglasses thrust pamphlets at me and said, “There’s a lot of killing that goes on in there.” 

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