Thomas More Society Enters ‘Not Guilty’ Plea for First Arrestee Under Chicago’s Abortion Clinic ‘Bubble Zone’ Ordinance

July 28, 2010

Grad Student Prayed Rosary on Sidewalk Outside Chicago Planned Parenthood

CHICAGO (MetroCatholic) — Yesterday morning, Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen entered a “not guilty” plea to the charge of disorderly conduct on behalf of Joseph Holland, the first person arrested under the new Chicago “Bubble Zone” ordinance, which prevents certain types of picketing activity outside local abortion clinics. Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, was praying the rosary on a public sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood Near North abortion facility on July 3 when staff called the police, claiming that he had violated the new ordinance.

The “Bubble Zone” ordinance prohibits approaching within eight feet of a person, without consent, “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education, or counseling.” According to witnesses and available video, Holland was engaged solely in prayer activity and not in leafleting, picketing or “sidewalk counseling.” Video of Holland’s alleged disorderly conduct can be found online here.

“This arrest was about one thing: trying to scare pro-life people away from Planned Parenthood,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive director and legal counsel. “Joe Holland did nothing wrong — his only ‘crime’ was having the temerity to exercise his First Amendment rights on a public sidewalk. We look forward to defending Joe and others like him against the City of Chicago’s false charges.” During consideration of the new ordinance, Breen presented testimony that the “Bubble Zone” ordinance is unconstitutional, a position with which the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois agreed.

Thomas More Society attorneys today also served subpoenas on Planned Parenthood for security footage of the alleged disorderly conduct and on the City of Chicago for the 911 tapes of the calls placed by Planned Parenthood. The Thomas More Society is also representing David Avignone, the second arrestee under the “Bubble Zone” ordinance. Holland’s next appearance is August 3, and Avignone’s first appearance will be August 30.

About the Thomas More Society
Founded in 1997, the Thomas More Society is a national public interest law firm that exists to restore respect for life in law. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends the sanctity of human life, the family and religious liberty in courtrooms across the country. The Society is a nonprofit organization wholly supported by private donations. For more information or to support the work of Thomas More Society, please visit www.thomasmoresociety.org.

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SETON AT CATHOLIC HOME SCHOOL & PARENT CONFERENCE

July 9, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — Seton curriculum material will be available for review and sale at the 2010 Immaculate Heart of Mary North Texas Home School and Parent Conference to be held on Friday, July 23rd  (2:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and Saturday, July 24th  (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas.

This conference is sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Coalition; anyone interested in teaching the Faith to the next generation should make every effort to attend!  This conference is ideal for families seeking tips for raising their children and trying to make God the center of their lives.  You do not need to be a home schooling parent to attend.  Those thinking about home schooling can get their questions answered, and those who currently home school will find encouragement and support.
Religious are especially welcome free of charge.

Father Andrew Apostoli, currently serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Prof. Joseph Pearce, internationally acclaimed author and professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, as well as Mrs. Laura Berquist, founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, are just a few of the speakers scheduled for the two-day event.

For more information, including a complete list of vendors and speakers’  talk schedule, please visit www.ihmconference.org (click on the North Texas tab on the homepage.)

Attendees may still pre-register online, by mail (IHM-Texas Conference, P. O. Box 574, Linden, VA  22642), or by phone (540-636-1946), until July 16th (close of business 5:00PM EDT) at the special discount rates:

2-Day Fee: $20-single; $30-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
1-Day Fee: $15-single; $25-married couple; $5-students (13-22) & seniors (65+).
Pre-registrations received after July 16th and at door will be $5.00 more for each category listed above.

WHY VISIT SETON AT THE CONFERENCE?

Seton will offer a $30.00 discount per child in grades 1-12 with a full enrollment at the conference.  (Note: In order to save time at the conference, you can download and fill out an enrollment application.  Give the application to the Seton representative at the conference.  The enrollment form can be found at: http://www.setonhome.org/pdf/enroll.pdf)

At conferences, all Seton books are rounded-off to the lower dollar amount. If a book’s regular price is $7.95, the conference price is $7.00; plus, there are no shipping charges (you save approximately 10%)!  Also, if Seton is out of a book, and you order and pay for it at the conference, you pay no SHIPPING CHARGES!

If you have any questions, please contact Seton Home Study School at 540-636-9990, [email protected] or www.setonhome.org

WE HOPE YOU CAN COME FOR JUST ONE DAY…OR FOR BOTH!!

HAVE YOU PRE-REGISTERED YET?

Seton Home Study School
1350 Progress Drive
Front Royal, VA  22630

BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JULY

July 1, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 1 JUL 2010 (VIS) - Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for July is: “That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens”.

His mission intention is: “That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centres, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace”.

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