Eleanor McCullen

Eleanor McCullen, the lead plaintiff in McCullen v. Coakley, sidewalk counsels from beyond the yellow line marking the 35-foot “buffer zone” around the entrance to Planned Parenthood in Boston. Eleanor has helped save about 80 babies from abortion through her sidewalk counseling efforts.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments January 15 in a First Amendment case that could impact sidewalk counseling across the country. A decision is expected in McCullen v. Coakley by the end of June.
    
The case involves a 2007 Massachusetts law which prohibits most people from entering the public area within 35 feet of the entrance or exit to a “reproductive health care facility” (abortion center). But abortion mill employees and their agents ARE allowed in the restricted area.
    
The outcome in this case  could modify the 2000 Supreme Court  decision in Hill v. Colorado which upheld a Colorado law that created “floating bubble zones” which prohibited sidewalk counselors outside abortion centers in Colorado from getting closer than eight feet to people without their consent.
   
In the McCullen case, the pro-lifers are supported by labor unions and religious and other groups while the state is supported by abortion groups, municipal government organizations, etc., plus Obama’s Justice Department, which at one point actually argued that there was no right to conduct a quiet conversation on a public sidewalk! Ironically, Justice Elena Kagan compared abortion clinics to slaughterhouses,  asking what if this statute had been written about slaughterhouses to keep animal rights activists from blocking the entrance and exits.
  
We pray for a good outcome in this case, but we have learned not to get our hopes up too high because the Supreme Court has disappointed us before in many decisions. Please pray that justice would prevail for unborn children and those trying to defend their lives and help their mothers!

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