A new law will be passed in California in 2012 that will prohibit citizens from creating a disturbance close to an elementary or middle school, which is worrying some conservatives since it has the potential to silence anti-abortion activists.
The law will take effect on January 1, 2012, and will make creating a disturbance close to a middle or elementary school a misdemeanor.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the measure into law after it was proposed by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, who penned it in response to a 2003 incident at a middle school in Rancho Palos Verdes when a car passed by a middle school displaying images of an aborted fetus.
Mendoza claimed that some of the students of the school started to cry after seeing the images. Other students expressed their anger and flooded into the street creating a safety hazard.
But some conservatives feel that this law is not about safety and well-being.
“But I think the main thing they object to is that it is Christian speech, that it’s moral speech,” said Cherill Clifford, Senate district director for the California Republican Assembly to OneNewsNow.
“And I just get the feeling that across the board in education today, they don’t want Christian speech. That’s why the Ten Commandments [aren’t] allowed there anymore [and] you’re not supposed to talk as though God’s real. It’s a real problem, and it concerns me as a parent and a grandparent.”
Clifford also admitted that the pictures similar to those displayed at the school did disturb her a bit the first time she saw them, but that she was thankful for the experience since it opened her eyes to what was actually going on with abortion.
Her main concern is that this new law will quench the voice of pro-life activists and Christians.