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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grandmother Wins a Pro-Life Victory

A grandmother, Eleanor McCullen, achieved a stunning pro-life victory from the U.S. Supreme Court just prior to its adjournment for the summer. Not only did she win, but she won unanimously, which is the first time that has happened in the Supreme Court in decades on a substantial abortion issue. Freedom of speech won also, because Mrs. McCullen won the right to provide pro-life counseling outside of abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The name of this case is McCullen v. Coakley. It was a challenge to censorship by the liberal state of Massachusetts against pro-lifers. The State had imposed a 35-foot ban against pro-life statements on public property around abortion clinics.

Like many pro-lifers, Mrs. McCullen engaged in peaceful sidewalk counseling to help women choose life rather than abortion. Soft-spoken and friendly, Mrs. McCullen would approach women as they walked toward an abortion clinic and she would ask them if they would accept her literature. Mrs. McCullen would also ask the women if there is anything she can do for them, or if she can answer any questions they may have.

Sidewalk counseling is effective, saving hundreds of unborn children and their mothers from abortion even in Massachusetts. But abortion clinics lose business every time a woman is persuaded not to have an abortion, and abortion clinics have powerful friends in the Democratic Party who pass special laws to support them. Censoring pro-life statements on public property outside of abortion clinics is one of the special advantages given by Democrats to abortion clinics in various parts of our country. A massive 35-foot buffer zone on public property around abortion clinics in Massachusetts was created by lawmakers to censor pro-life sidewalk counseling there.

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared this pro-abortion law unconstitutional. Hooray for free speech on behalf of the unborn!

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