Saturday, September 27, 2008

Trouble in the Abortion Capitol of the World

from David Bereit
This fall's 40 Days for Life campaign in New YorkCity has already documented 7 children saved fromabortion due to the peaceful vigils......
And the abortion industry is furious.
On the first day of 40 Days for Life, the pro-abortion Speaker of the New York City Council held anews conference outside city hall with executivesfrom Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the New York CivilLiberties Union, and one of the city's largestabortion chains (which is currently the focus of a 40 Days for Life vigil.)The purpose of the press event -- to attempt to silence pro-life prayer and free speech outside abortion facilities by proposing a restrictive15-foot "buffer zone" around all abortion centers inNew York City.
The proposed bill would also allow abortion workersto file harassment charges against pro-lifers as well as "ease the burden of proof" currently necessary to prosecute on harassment charges, according to the press release issued by the New York City Council.
This measure flies in the face of both freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.The proposal also appears to target Chris Slattery,who directs 40 Days for Life campaigns in the Bronx and Queens and has a history of effective pro-life activism as president of Expectant Mother Care-EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers.
Slattery said, "Volunteer street counselors oftenhurt abortion businesses by successfully and peacefully dissuading abortion patients from enteringtheir sites when offered free help, education, medical care and housing."
Chris Slattery has fought similar battles before and is well known for refusing to back down from abortion industry attacks, and he certainly isn't backing down in this case, either. Slattery told the media he will vigorously oppose the legislation. "Within minutes of learning of this new proposed bill on Wednesday, I contacted David Bereit, and we have begun assembling a crack legal team and activist support network for a full scale counter-attack against this unfair, biased and blatantly unconstitutional bill," he said.
********************ACTION NEEDED********************
Please contact the New York City Council immediately at (212) 788-7116 or use the online form posted at:
Ask them to stop the proposed "clinic access" billthat attempts to silence 40 Days for Life and otherpro-life efforts.
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40 Days for Life press release: *
NYC council press release:
We're honored to stand with Chris and his NYC 40 Daysfor Life team, and hope you will also stand with themby making the call or sending the e-mail today

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