Kevin Fobbs
Chicago ordinance smothers pro-life free speech outside abortion clinics
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By Kevin Fobbs
August 30, 2017

The pro-life battle has taken on a Chicago ordinance that has given protection to abortion clinics by limiting U.S. Constitutional free speech outside abortion clinics. According to Life News , Chicago Pro-Life Advocates are demanding that the court overturn the unconstitutional law which prohibits passing out pro-life leaflets or handbills or displaying a sign and engaging in oral protest.

Shutting down free speech is America is tantamount to disarming the voice of the protectors of the unborn and nullifying their weapons of truth. The city's so-called "bubble zone" ordinance, strictly blocks a person or group from coming within eight feet of a person entering the clinic. In addition, the ordinance which has only been applied to abortion clinics also designates a 50-foot radius from an abortion clinic entrance where providing words of counselling or providing literature is illegal.

Fortunately, this "bubble-zone" ordinance is being challenged by the Thomas More Society. They have taken up the pro-life free speech battle by filing an appeal brief in the United State Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court on behalf of the plaintiffs in Veronica Price et al. v. The City of Chicago et al.', The attorneys are charging that Chicago's severely misguided restrictive ordinance is specifically unconstitutional by prohibiting free speech and censoring the content of free speech.

American Christian Civil Rights Movement Executive Director Judi Lake, supports the Thomas More Society lawyers' efforts to have the Chicago "bubble-zone" ordinance stricken down. Lake emphasized, "The Chicago city ordinance appears to have been crafted to deliberately It is take away a woman's right to choose. The city is unconstitutionally denying the right of pro-life supporters and counselors from sharing crucially valuable information with women at a critical decision-making time, and is therefore doing them a great disservice."

Veronica Price, the named plaintiff in the case is a pro-life sidewalk counselor who joins other counselors in providing support and information, According to Life News she explained, "My desire as a sidewalk counselor is to give hope and help to women and men considering abortion. Many parents are unaware of the support that is available. By providing information on pregnancy resource centers, church programs, social services and adoption agencies, I can reach out and caringly offer help."

The anti-pro-life forces have tried to intimidate life supporters into giving up their efforts to educate and support women and men who need information about pro-life choices. Thomas More Society Senior Counsel and Co-Executive Director Thomas Olp indicated, "Contrary to pro-abortion propaganda, pro-life counselors do not intimidate women approaching abortion clinics. Instead he explained, "Pro-life sidewalk counselors compassionately and calmly approach women, one-on-one, to offer them information about abortion alternatives, of which many are unaware, reported Life News.

Not only is this law repugnant on its face in how it attempts to unilaterally dismantle free speech rights of pro-life counselors and supporters, but "Even the ACLU has opposed the Chicago Ordinance," according to Thomas More Society Senior Counsel and Co-Executive Director OLP.

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About Kevin Fobbs: Kevin Fobbs, a native Detroiter, is Chairman of the American Christian Civil Rights Movement (ACCRM), President of NAACP2021: National Association for the Advancement of Canceled People, Managing Partner of Ascension Entertainment Productions, and director of RTL Productions. He is a producer of the Holocaust-themed movie drama "Never Again," collaborator on the 2018 police documentary "Bleeding Blue" and producer/director of post-Civil War - World War II historical Christian southern civil rights drama "Johnathan - Living on the Edge of History," and Exec/Director-Producer of the film version of his soon to be released book a modern Christian fairy tale "Bernadine and Winston the Crooked Worm's Four Seasons of Life."

In the 1970's Kevin became a professional journalist and attended Wayne State University Law School. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and he has written for The Detroit News, The Michigan Chronicle, Clash Daily, Renew America, Communities Digital News (CDN) among others.

Kevin is co-writer of "Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count - Police Are Minutes Away In 2014 Kevin, together with his grandson, co-authored the Christian children's book "Is There a Lion in My Kitchen? " He is co-author of "Shut Yo' Mouth! How the Left Plays the Race Card to Silence Conservatives and How to Stop It.

He is co-host of New Right Network's "American Exceptionalism" and upcoming "American Correct" podcast shows.

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