Chicago Pro-Life Advocates Oppose Proposed Abortion Protest Bubble Zone

Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — Chicago is the latest city to target pro-life advocates with a proposal that would limit their free speech rights and prevent them from helping women going to area abortion centers. The Chicago City Council proposed an 8-foot bubble zone around abortion centers last Thursday.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit pro-life people from coming within eight feet of any person approaching an abortion business in the city.

It imposes a $500 fine for simply trying to talk to a woman about abortion as she walks to the entrance of the abortion facility.

Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells LifeNews.com that the measure would be “devastating to our pro-life efforts, including sidewalk counseling.”

“Chicago abortionists — led by Planned Parenthood — are pushing the Chicago City Council to adopt,” the ordinance, he said. “The bubble zone would make sidewalk counseling nearly impossible within the city limits. Such a chilling attack on free speech could even halt the 40 Days for Life campaign going on right now.”

The proposed ordinance was passed by the Human Relations committee last week, and could be voted on by the City Council as early as Wednesday.

Scheidler is asking for pro-life advocates to contact the office of Mayor Daley and members of the city council to urge a no vote.

“I can’t emphasize enough how fatal this Bubble Zone would be,” he said. “Pro-life counselors are saving babies every week by talking intimately with abortion-bound mothers outside” the abortion centers.

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