Target: Massachusetts Governor, Deval L. Patrick
Goal: Thank governor for restricting pro-life protestors from blocking abortion clinics
The Supreme Court decided to overturn legislation that forced anti-abortion protestors to stand at least 35 feet away from an abortion clinic. The initial law was passed in Massachusetts so that women could go and get an abortion, if they needed to, without having to walk through protestors. These protestors often block the entrance and yell hateful things at women who are making incredibly difficult decisions. Therefore, in 2007, Massachusetts created a law saying that the protestors had to stand away from the clinic, and could not block the entrance to the clinic.
However, in 2014, the Supreme Court deemed this law unconstitutional. While blockading an abortion clinic is in bad taste, it is, according to the court, part of freedom of speech. Like the case with the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at soldiers’ funerals, their speech is mean, but they still have the right to say what they want. Massachusetts, however, obviously disagreed with the decision.
To counteract the overturning by the Supreme Court, Governor Deval Patrick from Massachusetts recently put other legislation into place. While the protestors do not have to stand 35 feet away, the abortion clinic can call the police if they are getting in the way. He defends this by saying that protestors are allowed to say what they feel is appropriate or correct. However, women also have a right to get an abortion, and the entrance to the clinic should not be blocked by anyone.
If the protestors are blocking the entrance at all, the police can be called, and they can make sure that the protestors move away enough so that women can get into the clinic. Also, if they do stop women from entering and the police are called, they have to stand at least 25 feet away for at least eight hours. While this is not as strong as their old legislation, we want to thank Massachusetts for working with the Supreme Court decision to keep abortions open and available to the women who need them.
Dear Governor Patrick,
We want to thank you for your commitment to keep abortions available. We applaud your recent legislation to keep protestors at a reasonable distance from an abortion clinic, should they start to block it.
While the Supreme Court claimed your previous law unconstitutional, it is great that you chose to work around their decision. Women who are getting abortions are making a incredibly hard decision, and if they have already made it, they should be able to get into the clinic without other people yelling at them or blocking their entrance. We appreciate your commitment to this issue.
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