JACKSON, MS & WASHINGTON D.C. (10-01-19) –In response to a Jackson, MS city council vote in favor of an ordinance that puts an exclusion zone around the last abortion facility in Mississippi, Students for Life of America called the move “an unconstitutional affront to people’s free speech rights.” Such “buffer zones” would require that people stay 15 feet away from the state’s last abortion facility, preventing peaceful prayer and conversation. “The free speech rights of those trying to sell abortions remain in effect,” noted SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “Crushing the free speech rights of those who care about both mother and preborn child is clearly unconstitutional, and frankly unfair, as abortion supporters are allowed to push their deadly agenda.”
Sarah Zarr, Texas and Southern Regional Coordinator with Students for Life of America, has helped students protesting the disreputable facility, and mourned the loss of freedom.
She said, “My heart breaks at the thought of all the woman who will now walk to the doors of the abortion facility in Jackson, MS while the counselors, resource providers, and words of encouragement are demanded to be silenced. No one will be able to make sure woman can still find out about all the resources, support, and hope there is for them before they make a life-altering and ending choice that will leave them with nothing but harder circumstances than she was walking in needing help with. This isn’t a choice; this is coercion. To silence the voices who say they have options is to give them only one option. How will we ever as a society come to a conclusion on how we should treat the preborn and woman and families if we never are allowed to assemble or discuss?”