Chicago Pro-Lifers to Protest at Planned Parenthood as Bubble Zone Law Starts
by Steven Ertelt
November 16, 2009
Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — Local pro-life advocates in Chicago are undeterred by the stat of a new bubble zone law that threatens to rob them for their free speech rights outside abortion centers. The city council approved the new law last month that pro-life groups say targets those who provide women alternatives outside abortion centers.
The law establishes a 50-foot buffer outside the entrances of abortion centers and, within that zone, no one can come within an 8-foot zone to distribute literature, counsel or display a sign.
The law, which goes into effect Tuesday, subjects pro-life advocates to a $500 fine for merely talking to women considering abortion outside an abortion facility.
But, the Pro-Life Action League is not taking the new law lying down and plans a press conference and protest in front of the Planned Parenthood on 1200 N LaSalle on Tuesday morning.
The group tells LifeNews.com that the law "prohibits pro-lifers from coming within eight feet of any person approaching an abortion facility. This ordinance limits sidewalk counseling by pro-life activists and violates the First Amendment rights of protesters outside abortion facilities in Chicago."
"The Pro-Life Action League has organized a press conference and protest at Planned Parenthood’s Near North facility to send a message that the new ordinance is an unconstitutional attempt at stopping free speech," it said.
The press conference is more than just an opportunity to bring attention to the bubble law — it is a chance to help women understand abortion kills children and hurts women.
The press conference will share information about the malpractice lawsuits against Planned Parenthood’s center.
They include a wrongful death suit death due to bleeding from a careless abortion procedure, perforation of the uterus of several women during abortion procedures, misdiagnosis of pregnancy and age of the unborn child, and careless performance of blood tests and follow-up care.
Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society, a pro-life legal group, has said it would sue the city for violating the First Amendment rights of pro-life advocates.
Breen said the tide would turn against free speech if Chicagos leaders target pro-life advocates with a municipal ordinance that would restrict their speech rights and prevent them from helping women.
This sort of peaceful and lawful conduct on public sidewalks in front of abortion clinics is protected by the First Amendment," Breen told LifeNews.com previously.
"This is not about safety," he said. "It’s about shutting down a means of protest. We don’t want to sue our hometown, but we will if this measure is passed."
ACTION: Contact Mayor Daley at 312-744-3300 and members of the city council at https://www.cityofchicago.org/CityCouncil and expression your opposition to the new law.
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