Governor Patrick and other lawmakers are feverishly working to fashion a new version of the buffer zone law. For the alleged purpose of “public safety” outside of “women’s health care” facilities.
Despite the volume and hysterical quality of claims of pro-life misbehavior, especially at Planned Parenthood since the removal of the buffer zone, a reasoned examination of some facts reveals a far different picture.
Every day since the nullification of the buffer zone by the Supreme Court, there has been a heavy Boston police presence outside of Planned Parenthood. Yet there have been no arrests, nor threats of arrest. Are we supposed to believe that the police are negligent or complicit? In fact, there has never been an arrest in Boston of a pro-life demonstrator or counselor for committing violence.
Second, Planned Parenthood for many years has had a system of video surveillance cameras that cover all the sidewalks around its building and its front entrance. Yet the organization has never produced any footage showing pro-life violence.
The case of John Salvi, who killed two people and wounded five at Planned Parenthood clinics in Brookline in 1994, is frequently cited as justification for a buffer zone. Aside from the fact that homicide is already illegal, the absurd implication is that a line on the sidewalk would stop a determined gunman. If so, then where are the buffer zones around American schools?
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