National Priests’ group urges city to protect first amendment rights
The prominent national anti-abortion group Priests for Life has urged the
city of West Palm Beach to avoid proposed buffer zones around its abortion
clinics, like the Presidential Women’s Center.
"All civil rights movements have brought their message to the streets to
educate the public through our first amendment rights," said Fr. Frank Pavone,
national director of Priests for Life. "I urge the city of West Palm Beach to
avoid the unnecessary buffer zones now being considered. The pro-life movement
is a peaceful movement. Others who are not peaceful will not be deterred by
buffer zones. If you're willing to inflict violence, you're certainly willing to
transgress a buffer zone."
Meanwhile, Fr. Pavone indicated that protestors from around the country would
come to West Palm Beach if buffer zones were set up, in order to counter the
chilling effect it would have on First Amendment freedoms. City Commission
President Kimberly Mitchell said, "I think creating this additional ordinance is
going to pull the city into a national fight that we don't need to be in."
Said Fr. Pavone, "Consider that national fight already underway."
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