The dead have more rights than women

by guest blogger Yvette d’Entremont (a/k/a “Science Babe“)

The buffer zone around funerals is three hundred feet, in a court battle that limited free speech of religious zealots.

The buffer zone of 35 feet around Planned Parenthood clinics was declared unconstitutional because of freedom of speech for religious zealots.

The takeaway from this is that dead bodies get more respect in the courts than women.   7171972292_02616f58e7_k

The decisions for these restrictions should be compared because, if these were just about where we are allowed to practice free speech, shouldn’t these buffer zones be the same? One would hope so. However, the behaviors of the two groups in question are entirely different.

Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides low cost OB/GYN care to women. This includes annual physicals, breast exams, and birth control. They do counsel women that abstinence is a way to avoid STDs and pregnancy, and they also counsel them on how to maintain your health in sexual relationships.  The organization fills a necessary role in the health care system.

About one percent of their services are for abortion. The other ninety-nine percent of women who go into their clinic are harassed by protesters for getting a breast exam.

Planned Parenthood protesters, allegedly aiming to protect life at all cost, have murdered in the name of their cause. These buffer zones were introduced after women were attacked not to limit the group’s speech, but to keep women and doctors from being killed.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote about the decision, “At each of the three Planned Parenthood clinics where petitioners attempt to counsel patients, the zones carve out a significant portion of the adjacent public sidewalks, pushing petitioners well back from the clinics’ entrances and driveways.”

How quickly Justice Roberts has forgotten the original intent of the laws, not to stop women from hearing a difference of opinion, but to stop them from being subject to harassment and violence that has come along with a lack of protection at these clinics. Given the current environment in which our senses have grown numb  with the news of weekly shootings, would we even bat an eyelash if a shooting happened at a Planned Parenthood?

Would Justice Roberts still want to protect free speech and give groups right to “counsel?”

Conversely, Westboro Baptist is guilty of spewing extraordinarily hateful and unpopular opinions, but they have never threatened or harmed somebody.  Given that the buffer zone has been declared unconstitutional at Planned Parenthood, a non-violent protest group has now legally been given an infinitely bigger buffer zone than the violent one.

Why are we giving a group that has a history of violent protest unfettered access to women who are trying to see a doctor?

As a woman who has been harassed en route into an annual doctor’s appointment because my doctor held some of her office hours at a Planned Parenthood, I thoroughly enjoy that my cozy OB/GYN’s office in Orange County comes with a koi pond and wifi. It’s a world removed from that cloudy day when protesters screamed at me in Boston.  Every woman should have that right to feel safe when walking to a doctor’s office.

And under law, shouldn’t there at least be as much protection granted to women as to a dead body?

Yvette d’Entremont is a forensic chemist and writer living in Southern California. She enjoys running, baking cupcakes with bacon in them, and cuddling her cat, Lexi (but really, she’s a dog person). She’s currently working on a crime novel in her free time and you can follow her antics on twitter @yvetteguinevere and on her Science Babe website.

9 thoughts on “The dead have more rights than women

  1. “Every woman should have that right to feel safe when walking to a doctor’s office.” and keeping the “pro-lifers” from injuring or killing the staff and clients.


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  3. Last year, “planned parenthood” terminated some 350,000 innocent human lives. Since the infamous Roe decision, some 56 million innocent human lives have been terminated. Ms. Yvette should thank her lucky stars that she was not one of those 56 million!


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  5. Further to the issue:
    It should be noted that the one so-called “christian” group that is causing problems at military funerals are the Westboro Baptists, who have as much in common with real Christians as they do with real scientists. Most of the people praying at planned parenthood facilities are not “religious extremists”, but are Roman Catholics who are simply there for prayer and to offer help to women who are in difficult times. The so-called buffer zones are unconstitutional because they are part of “the public square”, where it is the traditional right of people to express their views and to utilize their First Amendment rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.
    If you want to see other ‘religious extremists”, take a very long look as muslims, who do such barbaric deeds as female genital mutilation, and behead innocent human beings for the mere crime of being French (as happened just yesterday in Algeria). I have to wonder if Ms. Yvette (who seems to have a French last name) likes the idea of people being decapitated just because they happen to be French. The French gentleman in this case was on a mountain climbing expedition with a group of Algerian climbers. They were caught by the ISIS scumbags, and when it was learned that one of them was French, ISIS released all the Algerians, but beheaded the French gentleman.


    • So these Catholics pray for these women who go to Plan Parenthood through harassment and violence?

      And I also like to point out that Christianity has its own dark history brought on by religious extremists. So your remark, as misguided and uneducated as it is, about Muslims is as big load of bigotry.


  6. The first line of my second paragraph of my last message should indicate “AT muslims” instead of “AS muslims”. Sorry for the typo, but I’m only human. Too bad you don’t have an “edit” feature here! 🙂


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