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The abortion distortion

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 10, 2003

American law-enforcement officials continue to twist laws into pretzel shape in order to accommodate the abortion industry. The latest absurdity comes from Massachusetts, where a new court ruling upholds a "buffer zone" around abortion clinics, into which pro-life individuals cannot encroach, but pro-abortion "clinic escorts" can.

Pro-lifers challenged the law, pointing out that it abrogates their free-speech rights, while allowing the clinic workers to enter that buffer zone, and speak in favor of abortion.

The justice of that claim should be apparent to an unintelligent 4-year-old. But it's not quite obvious enough for the state's attorney general, who reasons that clinic workers are not allowed to speak about abortion; they're only allowed to escort young women into the clinic.

They're not really expressing an opinion; they're just escorting women into the clinic. Riiiiiiight!

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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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 12, 2003 12:24 PM ET USA

    Oh come on now, Phil!, now you're getting ridiiculous...As far as "teaching" goes, our church still holds the ascendancy, but that is gauranteed by the Holy Spirit after all..As far as implementation goes (the only variable left in the Roman venue left to human fraility), we stink...How many Bishops do YOU know that take a militant stand against abortion. In reality, they (the Bishops) discourage it...(And what does Rome do?) Father Frank Pavone has "been dodging bullets" from where?Not Wash DC

  • Posted by: Phil - Jul. 10, 2003 8:04 PM ET USA

    If you're saying that the "abortion distortion" has its center at the Vatican, your theory is even more outlandish than that of the Massachusetts court!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 10, 2003 7:24 PM ET USA

    You know, Phil, it's easy to talk about the United States, it is a product of the Protestant reformation, of which we are the unlikely beneficiaries. But She (the United States) is not the center of the problem. Let the Protestants talk about the United States. "Get Guts," take a risk..., talk about Rome.