Pro-lifers: City planning to curb our free speech

Monday, May 10, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

I regret my abortion (women holding signs)A Kentucky-based pro-life leader contends the City of Louisville is missing the mark on safety issues.

Previously, the Louisville City Council rejected a buffer zone ordinance that would prevent pro-life activists from talking to abortion-minded mothers outside a clinic. Now the city council is being asked to approve a 10-foot buffer zone to keep them apart.

Corey Koellner, who heads Louisville Right to Life, says the ordinance would hinder the free speech of activists who view their role as a counselor for frightened expectant mothers considering abortion.

While the city council says it's a matter of protecting the safety of clinic staff and customers, there is no record of a pro-life counselor threatening or committing a dangerous act. In Louisville, the only violent act at an abortion clinic is a woman who showed an elderly pro-life counselor to the pavement, hospitalizing her for a serious head injury and broken femur.

“We've had people try to set fire to the public library, people shot in our parks, had protests and streets blocked off,” he complains. “Yet they choose to focus on our women, and praying in front of the abortion clinic, as a safety issue. And we just don't buy it.”

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