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safety first on Boston's sidewalks

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 10, 2006

If you live around Boston, maybe you feel safer knowing that Joel Fernandez was arrested back on January 14 and now faces criminal charges. Then again, maybe you don't think his arrest will do much to cut down the wave of violent crime in the city. We'll let you decide for yourself.

Joel Fernandez, according to the arresting officer, Boston Police Captain William Evans, had "clearly violated the safety" of a young woman that day. Frightening, isn't it? Capt. Evans reports that when he arrived on the scene, he "observed the suspect extend his right arm in an outreach position..." toward the woman in question.

Chilling, isn't it? What sort of deadly weapon was in that extended right arm? Why was he reaching toward the woman? The valiant police officer continues: "The purpose of this was to give a leaflet discouraging her from using the services of this agency."

By now you've probably figured it out. The "agency" was a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Joel Fernandez was hoping the woman would not have an abortion. Therefore his leaflet was a dangerous weapon-- why, it might have contained scientific information!-- and he "clearly violated the safety" of the woman.

Actually Capt. Evans said that Fernandez was threatening "those entering;" he used the plural. But for the life of me, I can't see how his action jeopardized the life of the unborn child.

tip to Bill Cotter of Operation Rescue-Boston.

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  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Feb. 11, 2006 12:48 PM ET USA

    Captain Evans is a practicing catholic".

  • Posted by: Gino - Feb. 10, 2006 9:12 PM ET USA

    Is it not ironic that it happened in "Catholic" Boston? Mass. has two staunch "Catholic Senators and several "Catholic" Pepresentatives. It is truly a travesty; mGod help us!

  • Posted by: pupil - Feb. 10, 2006 8:32 PM ET USA

    Problem is probably a bad law, but much worse is the arbitrary application of any law. And that comes from culture. In this case the culture of death.

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Feb. 10, 2006 8:31 PM ET USA

    I do the same thing at our local PP dump. I'm told that our brochures contain lies and - guess what else? Yep! "Hate speech!' That's why the deathscorts (as we call them) try to confiscate the literature. When I ask these folks if "they trust the women to decide that for themselves", they get very silent. Hmmmm!

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