**IMPORTANT!** Please read this message in
its entirety and take action immediately!!
In a direct attack on 40 Days for Life and the rights
of local pro-life sidewalk counselors, the Chicago
City Council on Wednesday passed a new ordinance
intended to cripple 40 Days for Life and silence pro-
life free speech within a 50 foot "Bubble Zone"
around abortion facilities.
The new city ordinance will not only block sidewalk
counseling and pro-life signs within 50 feet of all
entrances to an abortion facility, it would also
prevent any pro-lifer from being within eight feet of
an abortion customer without getting that person's
permission. Anyone found in violation could be fined
up to $500.
The law is such a clear violation of First Amendment
Constitutional rights that even the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) -- no friend of the pro-life
movement -- sided with local pro-life interests in
opposing aspects of the ordinance.
According to observers at the council meetings, a
Planned Parenthood representative testified that pro-
life vigils make it difficult for women to reach
their "services," while a representative from a local
late-term abortion facility (that has seen business
detrimentally affected by 40 Days for Life) directly
mentioned the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil as reason
to pass the ordinance.
While this is a setback for the Chicago 40 Days for
Life, I want to emphasize that this is NOT merely a
Chicago issue. Planned Parenthood and the abortion
industry are working aggressively to implement Bubble
Zone laws like this across the country.
That's the bad news. But here's the good news:
** WE CAN STILL DEFEAT THIS BUBBLE ZONE **
Before this law goes into effect, Chicago Mayor
Richard Daley has to approve it. We have a narrow
window of time to convince the mayor to VETO the
Bubble Zone ordinance.
PLEASE call Mayor Daley's office immediately at 312-
744-3300 to say: "Mayor Daley, please don't restrict
freedom of speech in Chicago. VETO the Bubble Zone
So many calls have already been flooding into the
mayor's office that they've set up an automated
system for the public to speak out on the Bubble
Zone. If you get the automated system, here are the
steps to follow:
1.) CALL Mayor Daley's office at 312-744-3300
2.) PRESS 1 to submit your opinion on the Bubble
3.) Then PRESS 2 to vote NO on the Bubble Zone
To send the mayor a fax instead: 312-744-8045
If we don't push back hard against this clearly
unconstitutional law, Planned Parenthood and the rest
of the abortion industry will feel empowered to
trample on the rights of pro-life free speech all
across the country.
Please act now -- while there's still time!
Don't let them take our freedoms away too.