Planned Parenthood gives the officers “their version” of what they wish the law said, then they ask the police to enforce their imaginary law.

By Peter J. Smith

CHICAGO, August 13, 2010 ( – The City of Chicago has yet again dropped charges of “disorderly conduct” against another pro-life advocate accused by Planned Parenthood staffers of violating the city’s controversial “Bubble Zone” ordinance.

David Avignone, an MBA student at Loyola University Chicago, was arrested on July 8 while standing outside Planned Parenthood’s Near North Side clinic just five days after police arrested Joe Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, while he prayed his rosary at the same place.

Like Holland, Avignone was accused of violating a city ordinance passed in 2009 that prohibits individuals in the 50 foot radius of an abortion clinic from approaching within eight feet of its clients, without consent, “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling.”

Holland’s case was dismissed on August 3, after the city dropped the charges.


Chicago “Bubble Zone” Law Sees First Pro-Lifers Charged Opposing Abortion

Chicago, IL ( — The first pro-life person has been charged under the new bubble zone law in Chicago that local citizens say has robbed them of their free speech rights outside abortion centers. The city council approved the new last October and pro-life groups say it targets those who provide women abortion alternatives.

Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen entered a “not guilty” plea in court Tuesday morning on behalf of Joseph Holland, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, was praying the rosary on a public sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood Near North abortion facility on July 3 when staff called the police, claiming that he had violated the new ordinance.


Pro-Lifers Push Back Against Chicago “Bubble Zone”

Planned Parenthood may have gotten the Chicago City Council to enact a Bubble Zone around the abortion clinics, but time and time again they’ve found that they didn’t get the law they wanted.

This week was another excellent case in point.

Pro-Lifers Take Time To Counsel Mid-Week

Pro-lifers David and Darlene went to the Planned Parenthood location on Division and LaSalle to pray and counsel last Thursday. This location performs abortions six days a week, but usually pro-lifers are only there on Saturdays. This means the “clinic escorts” (”deathscorts”) are also only there on Saturdays. Coming mid-week, then, means pro-lifers can have uninterrupted conversations with clients.

David sent us his account of the day and of the police department’s efforts to “enforce” the Bubble Zone:

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‘Bubble’ trouble: Planned Parenthood called S.W.A.T. team on pro-lifers

‘The first Saturday under the Bubble Zone law, a police officer told the sidewalk counselors outside Planned Parenthood they ‘could not approach or even stand within eight feet of a woman’ and that no signs could be placed within fifty feet of the door. When the pro-lifers tried to explain what the ordinance really says, the police officer said if he had to go back to the station to get a copy of it, he would arrest any of the pro-lifers still at the clinic when he returned!

‘Eventually the pro-lifers convinced the police to let them stand fifteen feet away from the clinic entrance, though the number fifteen isn’t anywhere in the ordinance.

‘Since then, the police keep changing their interpretation of the Bubble Zone from week to week. Here are just a few examples of the rules they come up with on the spot:

  • Police have forbidden [would ‘tried to forbid’ be better?] pro-lifers to display graphic abortion signs on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, declaring that the signs cannot touch the sidewalk because it is public property.
  • Police have told sidewalk counselors they cannot speak to anyone entering the clinic unless that person first asks them for information. Desperate, abortion-bound mothers are somehow supposed to know some of the people standing on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood happen to be pro-life counselors!
  • Police have insisted that pro-lifers cannot stand within eight feet of the door of the clinic — as if the door has been granted a special bubble all its own.
  • One police officer, right after claiming he’s only enforcing the law with strict neutrality, told a pro-lifer that ‘you all are here to harass women, and this clinic is here to help them.’
  • As I mentioned above, one Saturday, they even called out the S.W.A.T. team! The peaceful sidewalk counselors — including a mom counseling with her five-year-old daughter in her arms — were confronted by an armored squadron!

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Spineless is the Word

And the winner of the “Sir Richard Rich Award” for craven spinelessness… abject willingness to sell out his Church’s principles so that he can grub a little favor with the pro-aborts so as to make his reelections come easier… who else? Richard M. Daley, of course. And like the question Sir Thomas More asked Sir Richard Rich who has prostituted himself to continue in the King’s favor-and political power (dying as Lord Chancellor of England)-noticing by a medallion hanging from Rich’s neck that Rich has been made the crown’s attorney general for Wales:

You’re doing this-FOR WALES?

Truly nothing should be worth selling out one’s religious faith for political gain. In this case, Daley’s church grew from infancy in a Roman Empire where infanticide was practiced on a wide scale… unwanted live babies placed on one of the seven hills outside Rome, there to either starve to death or be devoured by wild wolves.

By the end of the 1st century infanticide was becoming a murder of the past but was supplanted by abortion for a practicable reason: Romans had decided to switch from murder they could see being carried out on the hillsides for what they inwardly knew was happening-but, as they were in denial, what they could not see.

It was then that the Church-Daley’s church-reacted by publishing the Didache which declared “You shall not procure abortion. You shall not destroy a newborn child.” It has continued throughout 2000 years. And its very condemning certitude must torture him now.

Read the whole article at Tom Roeser’s blog

Chicago Pro-Life Advocates Oppose Proposed Abortion Protest Bubble Zone

Chicago, IL ( — 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 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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