Democrats for Life files amicus brief to support sidewalk counselors

Democrats for Life files amicus brief to support sidewalk counselors

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2013 ( – This week, Democrats For Life of America filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the freedom of pro-life sidewalk counselors to continue to offer alternatives to women seeking abortions.

The case,McCullen v. Coakley, involves a Massachusetts law that imposes a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinic entryways and driveways, violating the First Amendment rights of counselors to communicate information about support and alternatives and the right of women willing to receive such information.

“We often hear in the political battlefield about the protecting a women’s right to choose,” said Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life. “Many women who visit clinics do not think there is an option other than abortion. The petitioners offer financial support, food, housing, health care, and other information and support to provide women with a real choice.”

Her words contradict the claim that pro-lifers do not care about women, a regular theme among many pro-abortion Democrats.


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