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"I can't even mail a letter!" - Abortion clinic "buffer zone" arrest

Above is a “blast from the past” — a video of my friend, Graham Dugas, being arrested for violating an abortion clinic “buffer zone.” The irony of this is that I owned the house across the street. Graham was my roommate and our mailbox was located withing the 36-foot buffer zone.

The full article on this written by Meredith Raney is here:

http://forerunner.com/ccbc/X0019_Three_abortion_docto.html

Before the abortion clinic closed for good in 2000, there was much protest activity on the public property around the Aware Woman Center for Choice in Melbourne, Florida.

In 1993, Judge McGregor issued an injunction against three organizations and six individuals and all persons “acting in concert” with them. This injunction requires these respondents to stay outside of a 36 foot buffer zone created on public property.

At some point, arrest with the knowledge that there will be no prosecution becomes harassment. Being dragged off to jail, having to post bond, and then having to show up for as many as nine court dates over a period of nine months, as in one defendant’s case, just to see the charges dropped is harassment. This is unconstitutional. The sixth amendment to our Constitution guarantees that the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial and to be confronted with the witnesses against him.

After two years of court battles and over 20 individual arrests, pro-lifers were able to take back the buffer zone. Graham Dugas, who lives across the street from the Aware Woman Abortuary and its infamous 36-foot buffer zone, took the buffer zone back on Saturday, May 11, 1996. On the previous Thursday, Dugas had successfully defended himself in Court on a buffer zone violation charge. On May 11, he went back into the zone using the same props with the court evidence tags still attached. He was carrying a pro-life sign and the transmitting half of a baby monitor being used as a disposable remote microphone to pick up audio for the video camera when he was previously arrested. He was immediately warned again at which time he left the buffer zone and asked to speak to a supervisor. A lieutenant came out and after some discussion, withdrew the warning. Dugas then went back into the buffer zone and waved everyone over.

About 30 people walked, prayed and picketed in the buffer zone freely for the first time in three years.

Sidewalk counseling took place on the sidewalk again for the first time in almost two years. When Christians pray and counsel women from sidewalks in front of abortion clinics more women are dissuaded from having their babies aborted than when people are not allowed to come within these unconstitutional “buffer zones.”

- Meredith Raney

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Your comments are welcome!

I practically forgot about that. What was that thing arresting him? Was that a man or a women? Until I heard "her" voice, I could hardly tell.

Was this before or after you labeled the mailbox with the words "The Killing Place" and filed for that d/b/a/?

Posted by Lawrence Salberg on 10/22/2014 10:20 PM #

Awesome, totally awesome.

The power of the devil being slowly pushed out of the police/judicial system.

A small victory, but awesome.

Posted by  Anonymous on 10/22/2014 10:20 PM #

Abortion has no right to exist in any nation on the LORD's earth. He demands execution of those that get abortions and perform them. Those who advise others to get an abortion may be difficult to prove guilty, thanks to the hurdles of the legal system, but the LORD will take care of them.

You have no idea how happy I am to have found another Christian Reconstructionist blogger.

Posted by Ixion on 10/22/2014 10:20 PM #

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