First Amendment?

Rochester Area Right to Life

By Anne LeBlanc

Our First Amendment seems to be tottering. Have you noticed how much violence seems to be associated with threats to free speech? It happens when one group acts to prevent a different opinion from being voiced.

It’s almost like, “I have the right to speak, to make my view known, but you don’t.”

In addition, “my right to drown you out” seems to involve increasing incidents of deliberate physical injury and significant vandalism that includes setting things on fire.

Rather than having a rational discussion between the two (or more) sides, there is a screaming emotional battle where nobody listens.

As pro-lifers, we cannot allow ourselves to fall into that trap.  Although our opposition is constantly trying to shut us up or drown us out, we have to continue to speak our message with warm concern and with data.

One former abortionist said he began doing abortions because he thought he was helping women. He stopped because with the passage of time he realized that after the abortions he observed only “more brokenness.”

He changed his mind because he was open to the truth.

In an emotional battle, nobody is open to the truth.  Allowing everyone to speak offers at least the possibility that truth can be spoken and will be heard.

If we can be of assistance on a pro-life issue, including providing referrals for help for women with problem pregnancies, please contact Rochester Area Right to Life by mail at our office 675 Ling Road, Suite 3, Rochester, NY 14612 or by e-mail at or by phone (585) 621-4690.  You are welcome to visit our website

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