Not intimidated by the 'bubble zone'

Monday, October 7, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Pro-lifer with hatPro-life counselors have let officials in Jackson, Mississippi, know how they feel about a new "bubble zone" ordinance.

Members of Mississippi's pro-life community have clashed with the city in the past over harassment of counselors at the state's only abortion clinic in Jackson. In fact, they've won two court judgments ordering the city to change how it deals with them. Doug Lane of Pastors for Life Mississippi tells OneNewsNow the city council has enacted a bubble zone.

"And now they've come along with something that is much worse than those ordinances and things that they already had they actually admitted themselves were not right," he explains.

The bubble zone prevents pro-life prayer warriors from getting within 15 feet of clinic entrances, and they must stay eight feet away from women entering the clinic.

Over the weekend, Pastors for Life, Pro-Life Mississippi, and other pro-lifers from throughout the state gathered outside the clinic as part of an annual observance known as Life Chain.

"… We let the city of Jackson know that we will not be bullied and we'll not be intimidated, but that we will continue to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves," Lane adds.

Pro-life groups have expressed serious concern that the ordinance violates the First Amendment rights of their counselors who pray for the women and babies and peacefully offer alternatives to abortion.

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