Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pro-life speech could become a crime in Ohio if it ‘annoys’ someone

Ohio lawmakers are trying for the second time in as many years to criminalize peaceful pro-life activities outside of abortion businesses.

Created Equal pro-lifers have been peacefully praying and offering counsel to men and women going into the Columbus Planned Parenthood. In October, November, and December 2016, the group says its prayers and efforts resulted in 44 women turning away from the abortion giant — nine of whom personally confirmed that they will give birth to their babies.

Abortion advocates countered last week by introducing House Bill 234, which makes it illegal to "annoy" — by the offended person's determination — anyone going to an abortion clinic. The legislation proposes jail time of up to 18 months and fines up to $5,000 for repeat "annoyers."

HB 234 states its purpose is to "create a cause of action for harassment or intimidation" outside an abortion clinic. The "cause of action" is to sue any pro-lifer trying to talk to a woman considering aborting her baby.

The bill defines "harassment" as conduct that makes someone "alarmed, annoyed, or harassed." It defines "intimidation" as conduct that "causes fear or apprehension." It creates a buffer zone disallowing peaceful prayer or counseling 15 feet from abortion clinics.

"This is an unconstitutional assault on free speech," Created Equal Director of Training Seth Drayer told LifeSiteNews. "This bill has as its target peaceful pro-life citizens praying on the sidewalks." . . . Read More

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