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A Mayor Tries to Zone Out Free Speech; Pete Buttigieg of South Bend targets a pro-life center
WSJ ^ | May 13, 2018 | Margot Cleveland

Posted on 05/14/2018 12:02:00 PM PDT by Brilliant

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a constitutional challenge to a California law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers. The so-called FACT Act requires the centers to tell clients they may qualify for subsidized abortions—a clear example of compelled speech. But such laws aren’t the only threats to the centers’ freedom of speech. At the local level, activists have begun a quiet push to protect the abortion industry through zoning.

Last month the Women’s Care Center, which operates 28 pregnancy and family-resource centers in 10 states, became the latest target. A Texas-based abortion-clinic chain, Whole Women’s Health, convinced the mayor of South Bend, Ind., to veto a decision by the city’s Common Council rezoning a house for a Women’s Care Center next to a planned abortion clinic.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg made clear the veto was motivated by the center’s pro-life message: “In my judgment, the neighborhood would not benefit from having the zoning law changed in order to place next door to each other two organizations with deep and opposite commitments on the most divisive social issue of our time,” he wrote. “It is far from clear that a neighborhood benefits from co-locating facilities with such opposite views.” He added that while the Department of Community Investment staff approved the rezoning, “the recommendation did not contemplate broader concerns about the health and welfare of the area, given the deep opposition in values between the petitioner and its existing neighbor...”

Mr. Buttigieg’s veto is not surprising. He is 36 and ambitious: Last year he ran for Democratic National Committee chairman. Given the party’s extreme pro-abortion position, he had to comply with the demands of the abortion lobby in order to keep his national political hopes alive...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: abortion; democraticparty
Why is it that conservatives are always on the receiving end of these plots? Why don't conservatives turn the tables on liberals and use their own tactics against them?
1 posted on 05/14/2018 12:02:01 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

Pete ‘buttboy’ Buttigieg has some very high political aspirations. He wants to be president. I have relatives in the area and they can not stand his whiny butt.


2 posted on 05/14/2018 12:08:11 PM PDT by BBell (calm down and eat your sandwiches)
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To: Brilliant
Actually, placing a pro-life center right next door to an abortion clinic is rather genius. Some women think they are going in for an abortion only to realize after initial counseling that they really do want to keep their babies.

Yeah, maybe the mayor is right. It's not a good idea to confuse women with the truth.

3 posted on 05/14/2018 12:09:16 PM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: Brilliant

What’s to stop a center from complying by stating, “According to the monsters in the California Legislature you are allowed to murder your baby. Here’s where you can go”?


4 posted on 05/14/2018 12:10:02 PM PDT by rockrr ( Everything is different now...)
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To: Slyfox

There’s a Women’s Care Center across the street from a Whole Women’s death center in Baltimore. That’s exactly what happens since the abortion factory doesn’t even have a sign.


5 posted on 05/14/2018 1:04:45 PM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: rockrr

California legislation actually has required wording and font size.

I know a couple attorneys who are on the legal team for a pro-life center facing similar circumstances where they have to provide abortion information. SCOTUS just accepted their case.


6 posted on 05/14/2018 1:06:53 PM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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That is the real reason why they are trying to shut down all the problem pregnancy centers.

Cutting into the profit margin, dontchaknow?

7 posted on 05/14/2018 1:31:00 PM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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Completely.


8 posted on 05/14/2018 2:13:40 PM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: Brilliant

If they could identify the gene that makes them grow up to be Democrats, I might consider becoming a pro-abortion advocate. 8>)


9 posted on 05/14/2018 3:23:22 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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