I am hypocritical. When I was looking at the article from my zine that I was to put up in this spot, I realised just how big my double standards are. My rant was about how the Supreme Court struck down a ruling forcing anti-abortion protesters to stay 15 feet away from people entering a clinic where abortions are provided, because it was unconstitutional under our first amendment rights to free speech. In this same zine, I write about pornography and our right to free speech, and access to the same.

How then, can I condemn the Supreme's stand for our first amendment rights when I cling to them so dearly? Help me out please...

The reason that the Supreme Court's ruling bothers me so much is because anti-choicers have such a detrimental effect, both physically and emotionally to those who are going to clinics to have abortions. I guess, I likened the buffer zones to restraining orders, which are designed to keep those who can physically or emotionally threaten and harm us a certain distance away, once put in place by a judge. And anti-choicers are rarely peaceful protesters. Anti-choicers do not simply hand out leaflets or speak rationally about issues. They hand out inaccurate propoganda, purporting that health risks as imminent, portraying abortion to be murder, designed to make women about to receive abortions guilty, at risk and even more emotionally distraught than they already may be. They try to emotionally manipulate people by their constant barrage of verbal insults and threats, in order to control them and their decisions. They are physically violent, a lot of the time, murdering on a whim, without cause other than their irrational beliefs. I felt that we should be protected from such violence, that our physical and emotional health should be placed over their first amendment rights... but that too is assuming that women, as a sex, are weak and need to be protected from contrasting ideas and others' beliefs. Which is not in the slightest true, and which would go against my feminist beliefs in the greatest ways...

So, as you can see, I'm in a dilemma. I cannot put my original article up here, because even though I fervently wish it was not unconstitutional to keep these people away from us, it is and I can't be a total hypocrit and advocate the silencing of one party, when it could just as easily be turned against myself.

One thing I am grateful for, however, is that the laws Clinton signed in 1994, that makes it a federal offense to obstruct an abortion clinic or to interfere with patients or staff, were not revoked, and that anti-abortion protesters are still required to stay 15 feet away from clinic doorways, driveways and entrances.