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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Freedom of Speech?

Every year around this time in Chicago and elsewhere in the country the Pro-Life Action League sponsors and promotes Face the Truth Tours. The group describes Face the Truth Tours as:

Holding pictures of beautiful unborn babies and huge graphic signs of aborted babies, we line the roads at major intersections, to show Americans the truth about abortion.

We need you to help show people that abortion is the deliberate taking of an unborn child's life. If you believe that abortion is murder, this is your chance to stand up and be counted. Join us this summer as we line the roads at major intersections to show our fellow Americans the ugly truth about abortion.


In the past--even at our beloved law school--some pro-lifers have disagreed with such tactics. Some have even called for prosecution of folks who engage in this sort of protest and witness. A repugnant view, to this Fumare contributor! Which brings me to Steven Mosher's piece in Human Events Online. The article details that authorities in the UK have prosecuted a 75 year old Catholic man for sending graphic pictures of an abortion to the chief executive of the hospital where the abortion took place. The stated purpose of the pro-life activist was to educate the hospital's chief executive on the horrors of abortion. He was convicted.

I'm sure this type of action will be making its way across the pond soon enough. Brush up on your "balancing tests" or "local standards" or "forum analysis" or...oh hell, I can't keep track! Boethius, what's the latest test?

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