Today The Supreme Court handed down a decision that in some ways I can understand since they are dealing only (or are supposed to anyway) the Constitutional issues at hand.
One of today’s decisions was over the Massachusetts law that set out a buffer zone around abortion clinics.
The zone was to allow an area of safe passage for people to get in and out of clinics without being harassed by protesters.
There is part of the rub, it is impinging on people’s rights to protest.
I have been in protests, those that have been here for a while will remember the Westboro protest. They can be peaceful or they can turn on a dime and get very ugly.
I am not a fan of Freedom of Speech Zones… To me and as long as I breath air all U.S. soil is a Freedom of Speech Zone. To me, my DD-214 and DD-215 forms say just that.
If you think that you can stop me from protesting, good fuckin luck!
However, that is tempered with the rights of those around me. That is my Libertarian side shining through. I will try really hard to not deprive you of your rights. No just like sin, shit happens sometimes and I may cross a line.
If I am going to drop off a package at a clinic and some rabid protester spits on me I am going to lose it. I may go to jail for my assault, and when the piece of shit get out of the hospital, I will be pressing charges of my own for their crime. (1) Yes, I am quite vindictive when I get pushed. If you want to protest, fine do so respectfully. Remember that just because a person is going in or out of a clinic does not mean that they are participating in the act that you are so upset about. There are people who have to deliver stuff to other offices within the building. Often there are other services being performed that are socially acceptable like breast exams, or pap smears.
Those that have met me (Di Da, Owt Raged, etc.) I am not a small individual. There are reasons that I don;t have fights at the bar when I am bouncing. If I am going to a clinic with Gigglez for a pap smear and someone were to get out of line… understand that I am not afraid of jail.