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Highway Away From the Buffer Danger Zone
Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez

Posted on 06/28/2014 6:16:57 AM PDT by Kaslin

Beware the old woman offering you love.

That summed up some of the reaction to the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling that struck down Massachusetts' buffer-zone law which kept women and men seeking to offer help, counsel, and prayer to women entering abortion clinics 35 feet away from the facilities.

"Every news story I've seen about Eleanor McCullen, the 77-year-old lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, refers to her as a grandmotherly type, cheery and sweet," one Boston Globe columnist wrote in reaction to the Court's decision. But, the writer concluded: "If your grandmother stands -- literally -- in the way of your right to get health care, your grandmother still needs to be stopped."

McCullen, who has spent almost 14 years devoted to helping women know they have alternatives to abortion, is, indeed, a grandmother with a wonderful smile. McCullen doesn't stand in the way of anyone's health care. She offers a choice that a woman may not have known that she had.

But that's not the way everyone sees it. "They make something that is already an emotional and horrific thing that is hard to choose to do, even harder," one woman who lives near the Boston clinic told a reporter.

This assertion underscores a point that Justice Antonin Scalia made in his concurring opinion: "Protecting people from speech they do not want to hear is not a function that the First Amendment allows the government to undertake in the public streets and sidewalks."

It's naive to believe that women walk into abortion clinics knowing all their options or that they can choose to protect the life of their unborn children in an environment of support and love. Such women need to hear the message that McCullen brings.

Counter to the accusation that pro-lifers don't care about children after they are born, Eleanor becomes a real, supportive presence in these women's lives. Her husband, Joe, says that she's on call as if she were an emergency-room doctor. An entire room in the couple's house is full of baby clothes and toys, all donated. She'll provide rent and support, help mothers and fathers get jobs and the skills they need.

"We help people and that's all I'm trying to do -- help someone that's desperate and abandoned," McCullen has said.

Asked to describe her work, McCullen said: "I see myself as a compassionate counselor, helping women. I don't know these women, but I know they're upset. They're abandoned. They're alone." Her method is to say: "Don't rush in. You can't reverse this. Just wait."

"I talk about adoption ... We help with medical. We help with housing ... We have some resources. We take them to the Archdiocese of Boston and we have resources," McCullen says.

Currently, I'm writing from the National Right to Life Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., is here on her life's work of marching for the civil rights of the unborn. But as is evident throughout the exhibit halls and speeches, this is about human life and dignity, period.

"I used to talk about how we were treating our old people. Now I'm 64 and I'm really worried," King says. The question remains: Are we a people who respect life? We do have the right to choose. And perhaps some sidewalk counseling -- whether outside a Boston abortion clinic or on the steps of the Supreme Court -- might help us see a better way. The walk McCullen is now free to take with women is a step in the direction of building a culture of life, resting on the pillars of charity and sacrifice, away from the rotting foundation of convenience and indifference we've become all too accustomed to.


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1 posted on 06/28/2014 6:16:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I remember a session of Congress before Newt engineered the takeover in 1994. It was discussion on a bill to restrict only the rights of pro-lifers standing outside of abortion mills. It was a harsh, draconian bill specifically designed to protect abortion mills and shield imminent murdering mothers-for-now from the truth.

Penalties were on the order of that for divulging classified information IIRC, 5 years in prison and 250,000 fine. Pro-lifers from both sides of the aisle begged and pleaded with Democrat leadership who stood before them deaf. The bill was summarily passed and sent on to be signed by Slick Willie. And, in my opinion, their callous disregard for free speech and the rights of the unborn is what begat the ensuing killings of abortion providers.

I am at least heartened that the Supreme Court saw the light on this.


2 posted on 06/28/2014 6:26:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

I hope and pray that the new access will be used responsibly to God. I love those heart shaped signs.

(For folks who scurrilously accused me of wanting to wink at abortions... well you were mistaken.)

No, I don’t want it easy for the hard hearted to plunge on past their conscience. At least if I have a say about it.

We need more cheery grandmothers with a heart. And aunts. And uncles. I think prayer is always a good idea too, but it doesn’t need to be at the center of human visible display. God hears it happening and that’s what counts.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 6:36:28 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin
your right to get health care

So, that's what the gibbering evil monsters on the Left call murdering babies these days? Your "right to get health care"?

If a current Leftist tried to run that dog squeezins by one of the Founding Fathers as an "unalienable Right", the Founder would have backhanded him till the blood and teeth flowed.

4 posted on 06/28/2014 6:37:32 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: kiryandil

Actually, with the level of Christian faith at the time, I think George Washington at least would have shown his storied studied restraint, lamenting for that person’s soul.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 6:43:20 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin
The question remains: Are we a people who respect life?

That is indeed the question. The first step in erasing respect for life is killing babies who can't speak for or defend themselves. The next step is the further moral depravity of addicting the public to these same babies' "stem cells" for so-called research. Then these monsters establish death panels mostly for the aged.

Soon we will be in the situation where the privileged elite; be it economically, politically, criminally, or socially, will be able to demand body parts and even death of commoners so they may live.

If these evil monsters are not stopped, in a generation we will become herd animals for harvesting.

Welcome to the totalitarian "liberal" mindset, where only their lives are sacred!

6 posted on 06/28/2014 6:52:57 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: DakotaGator

Life isn’t anything more than a scientific curiosity without love.


7 posted on 06/28/2014 6:54:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Absolutely!


8 posted on 06/28/2014 7:01:04 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ Þ)
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To: Kaslin

The solution is quite simple. Move the abortion mill to a site with a paved parking lot and entry point far removed from public sidewalks.

Then the problem will be the drones that photograph those entering and have their pictures posted on the internet


9 posted on 06/28/2014 7:01:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: bert

Don’t give um too many ideas... and anyhow people still have to drive INTO those parking lots. So there is still a public place to advertise abortion alternatives.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 7:06:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You are of course correct.


11 posted on 06/28/2014 7:18:42 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: Kaslin
" one Boston Globe columnist wrote in reaction to the Court's decision. But, the writer concluded: "If your grandmother stands -- literally -- in the way of your right to get health care, your grandmother still needs to be stopped."

How is killing a DNA identifiable human being health care in any form?

12 posted on 06/28/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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