Letter: With respect
I am writing to express concern about the buffer zone petition for the Concord Feminist Health Center (Monitor, June 2) which, because it unnecessarily keeps non-violent citizens so far away from the building, violates their First Amendment rights.
Every Friday during the school year, I went with several friends to Concord to pray in front of the clinic. Both we and the others we saw while there kept a respectful distance and were never aggressive or intimidating. The men and women entering and exiting the facility were neither harmed nor harassed while in our presence.
No matter what your views on abortion are, I would like you to consider whether this petition, because it seeks keeps peaceful assemblers 35 feet away from the clinic, is in direct opposition both to the letter and the spirit of the founding documents. I urge my fellow citizens to reflect on the issue and to contact our mayor and councilors as their consciences dictate.