ATTENTION: This is an important update on MCFL's efforts to fight the New Buffer Zone. Please read this email to the end.
Dear Pro-Life Friend,
By now I'm sure you've heard the news.
The Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone is back and pro-lifers are again under threat.
Deval Patrick and his cronies want to put your pro-life friends in jail.
Massachusetts' Governor, Attorney General, and Planned Parenthood have conspired against the constitutionally protected rights of the citizens of the Commonwealth. They hastily passed a New Buffer Zone law that would allow them to put pro-life sidewalk counselors in jail for up to 5 years for trying to educate women in crisis.
We can't let them get away with it. I need you to stand with me for the rights of sidewalk counselors and other pro-lifers (CLICK HERE). We need the resources to fight in the public square, in the legislature, and in the courts.
A gift of $10, $20, or $30 from you would make a big difference in this struggle. Please help.
As you know, The Supreme Court overturned by a 9-0 vote the old Buffer Zone, which forced sidewalk counselors and people who wanted to pray and give witness to stand at least 35 feet away, even on public property.
After years of pointing to the controversial Roe v. Wade ruling as the basis of their policy, anti-life activists are refusing to accept a unanimous decision as settled law. As soon as the ruling came down, Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley promised to find a way to circumvent the ruling and get their free-speech restrictions back in force.
Now they've passed a law which will allow them to throw pro-lifers in jail for 5 years and fine them $50,000 for simply trying to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly.
It's up to us to stop them. Together we can do it but you are needed! CLICK HERE to support our efforts.
Under the new law, sidewalk counselors, people praying in front of abortion clinics, or even those simply standing a silent witness so that the victims of abortion are not forgotten are potentially subject to arrest and draconian criminal and civil penalties if they are deemed to be "impeding" access to an abortion clinic.
These are good, compassionate, peaceful people who are there to help women. These are our friends, neighbors, and fellow churchgoers—perhaps you are one of them yourself. I am. Governor Patrick is threatening them, you, all of us, with prison if we don't shut up.
Under the new law, police may move any group accused of impeding clinic access to at least 25 feet away from the entrance, thus preventing them from offering hope, help, and love. Anyone who violates this New Buffer Zone, can be arrested, fined, and/or jailed. For a second offense the penalties become huge and draconian.
Worse yet, determining who is "impeding" access, and what constitutes a new "violation" is largely left up to the abortion clinic's staff.
That's right, the people who perform and live off abortions will be the ones deciding if the people standing up for unborn children and their mothers are breaking the law!
Governor Patrick wants to put a weapon in the hands of abortion clinics. He wants to bully pro-lifers into keeping silent. A former board member of Planned Parenthood, he knows that these actions will lead to more abortions.
Make no mistake, this law poses a real threat to pro-lifers and to the babies and women they are trying to help.
I need you to decide now to support MCFL's efforts to take back our right to stand up for the unborn and their mothers. CLICK HERE to fund our effort. Your gift of $10, $20, $30, or whatever you can afford will go a long way toward helping
Pro-abortion activists know that the work of pro-lifers reduces the number of abortions and hurts the profits of Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills. Governor Patrick, the former board member of Planned Parenthood, will do anything to prevent that.
We need to keep standing up for the rights of the unborn. If we are to do that, we must also stand up for the constitutionally protected rights this New Buffer Zone law is trying to take from us.
Your immediate gift of $10, $20, $30 or whatever you can afford is needed to fund our efforts to fight this terrible law in the courts, in the legislature, and in the public mind (CLICK HERE).
I know I can count on you to stand up for the unborn and for the rights of pro-lifers.
Please, act quickly; we need funds soon to continue our efforts. (CLICK HERE to donate) Working together, we can win this important fight.
Thank you for all you do for Life.