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Using the Law

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Apr 07, 2003

In New Hampshire, a man was arrested for blocking the sidewalk in a protest outside the Manchester cathedral of Bishop John McCormack. It's a misdemeanor charge; no big deal. Except that...

Depending on the circumstances, that man might have been accused of violated the federal FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) bill, which could result in 2 years behind bars. When FACE was being pushed through Congress by pro-abortion forces, a few prescient pro-lifers succeeded in amending the bill, so that it protects access not only to abortion clinics but also to churches.

An odd combination? Certainly; it's an odd piece of legislation. But it's on the books, and Catholics shouldn't forget that.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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