A Northwestern University graduate student in chemistry became the first to be arrested under a new Chicago “bubble zone” law after he prayed the Rosary on a public sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. His attorney contends the arrest seemed to be part of a “pattern of intimidating conduct” against pro-lifers.
Joseph Holland, 25, was charged with disorderly conduct under a 2009 law that says a person cannot approach within eight feet of another without their consent within 50 feet of any health care facility “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling.”
The law also bars intentional interference with any person entering or leaving any health care facility.
Holland said he did not approach or interfere with anyone on July 3, when he was arrested at the Near North Planned Parenthood facility. He reported that he was standing by the building praying the Rosary when a Planned Parenthood volunteer approached him and started yelling that he needed to move eight feet away.
Chicago police spokesman Roderick Drew told Fox News that according to the police report Holland “stood within an inch of the victim, prayed out loud at a high volume for over 10 minutes.” He allegedly refused two requests to move and “continued to block customer access” after being asked to clear the entrance by the person in charge of the facility.
Free speech? Naahh…There’s nothing the Left hates more than the possibility that somebody might inform women about the choice they make – as a debate I’ve been having with a truly despicable NewsReal commenter named Aspacia here and here makes clear, abortionism thrives on ignorance. That’s the truth, no matter how many of its apologists dishonestly claim the mantle of reason for themselves.