(Tea Party 247) – Last week, the Jackson, Mississippi City Council voted to approve an ordinance that banned pro-life activists from protesting near abortion clinics.
Let that sink in.
The members of this city council are so supportive of abortion rights they want to legally bar activists from speaking out against it outside clinics.
LifeSite News explains that “The ordinance forbids picketing within fifteen feet of a facility, coming within eight feet of people entering or exiting the building, and erecting speaker systems within 100 feet. Violators face fines of up to $1,000 and a maximum of 90 days in prison. The ordinance passed by a 3-1 vote.”
With 3-1 vote, Jackson City Council passes ordinance that would establish buffer zones/safe zones near health care facilities, particularly the state’s only abortion clinic in Fondren. #wlbt pic.twitter.com/zhjoZCXN3M
— C.J. LeMaster (@CJLeMaster) October 1, 2019
The ordinance was not without its opponents, like Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson.
It’s a very sad day that a majority of the Jackson City Council has voted to restrict the free speech of peaceful sidewalk counselors near the State’s only abortion clinic. I appreciate those who opposed this unnecessary ordinance.
— Commissioner Andy Gipson (@CommAndyGipson) October 1, 2019
The most grievous impact of this new ordinance would be to protect Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which operates the state’s last abortion facility, from being criticized by activists outside.
This facility has long been a source of controversy and concerns, from allegedly failing to report chemical abortions to the birth of a baby at the facility in 2018 to a woman who was there for a consultation, calling into question how late the Jackson WHO would have aborted her child.
“Proponents of the regulation have cited noise complaints and the potential for heightened conflict as the reasoning behind the legislation,” the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) wrote.
“However, opponents of the regulation have noted that the noise is often escalated by the abortion center who will turn up music while sidewalk participants attempt to speak with those around the abortion center and that the regulation curtails their free speech rights.”
“At the end of the day, the abortion center can paint itself bright pink colors, play music, and attempt to be a part of the more hip, growing Fondren community, but it can’t cover up what happens inside its walls, a continued dark stain on the neighborhood and the city,” MCPP concluded.