National priests group demands first amendment rights
New York City- National anti-abortion group Priests for Life has urged
the state of Montana to avoid proposed buffer zones around its abortion clinics,
such as Missoula's Blue Mountain Clinic.
"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 state of Montana 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."
"Peaceful protestors from around the country are ready and able to
travel to Montana to help protect our youngest brothers and sisters, and to
ensure the protection of our first-amendment rights," said Fr. Pavone.
[Priests for Life networks tens of thousands of Catholic priests and
hundreds of thousands of lay activists nationwide to fight abortion. For
more information about Priests for Life, please visit