Patricia’s Letter to the Editor of Arkansas Democrat Gazette

I encourage you to write letters to the editor about this issue. Here is the letter I sent:
I learned with dismay that the group that I have been part of for the past 4 1/2 years, 40 Days for Life, has been told by the Arkansas Highway Department that they can no longer hold their signs near Joyce and Crossover.
Even though they have received permission from the Fayetteville Police that they can stand and hold signs on a specific location in front of the Planned Parenthood Health Clinic and abortion facility, the state has basically censored us.
I read in a second article that the Highway State Department is not responding with any good answers to the press. I sincerely hope they do have a good justification for their actions, which are very confusing since we have been holding peaceful vigil there with volunteers braving the cold, rain, heat and all kinds of discomfort for 8 40 Day vigils.
I know that abortion is a very controversial issue, one that is not talked about enough. I hope that everyone will agree that even though we may not agree on a topic, we all have the right to express our opinions, including using signs to express our views on the public right of way.  I am so proud to be part of a peaceful pro-life group that unites Catholics and Protestants, and people of all denominations who know that abortion is killing an innocent baby and who are willing to sacrifice comfort and time to stand in front of our local abortion facility, Planned Parenthood, to pray and hold signs with the goal to end abortion.

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