First, a local link and call to action: You can SIGN this petition as a counter-measure to the Concord “buffer zone” petition. Please do so TODAY. It is for Concord residents “and other concerned citizens.” (Previous Leaven posts about the attempt to stifle First Amendment rights to peaceful protest within 35 feet of the Feminist Health Center may be found here and here.) This counter-petition is a project of a young woman who is trying to get enough signatures by tomorrow, June 30, in order for it to be heard at the July 8 Concord City Council meeting along with abortion advocates’ “buffer zone” petition. More information: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/citizens-against-concord-buffer-zone/blog [update, July 2: The Concord City Council has NOT put these petitions on the July 8 agenda. Stay tuned to Leaven for further developments.]
Meanwhile, this has been an eventful week. Catch up using these links for news coverage and commentary. Amazing how some of this news makes the ongoing Fortnight for Freedom even more relevant!
Here’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decisions from pro-family activists, courtesy of National Review Online. Note the thoughtful contribution from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life.
A filibuster by a Texas state senator, coupled with a mob in the Senate gallery that interfered with a vote, prevented the Texas state senate from adopting a ban on abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy or later. Governor Rick Perry, not a fan of mob rule, has called the legislature back to get its work done. Learn more from Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner and from the hardworking activists at the Texas Alliance for Life.
Americans United for Life just announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken notice of an Oklahoma law regarding regulation of chemical abortions. U.S. Supreme Court Begins Historic Review of Chemical Abortion, Sparked by AUL Model Legislation