Is this sign ‘hate speech’?

Is this sign ‘hate speech’?

The tenth annual “Walk for Life” in San Francisco attracted 60,000 pro-lifers, as reported by Steven Ertelt at Life News yesterday.  This, despite “ongoing opposition from San Francisco’s city government.”

According to the local CBS Affiliate, banners advertising the march were attacked by the city. Although Eva Muntean of the pro-life group, Walk for Life said her group “obtained a permit and met all the criteria for their banners,”  members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors objected.

The Christian Post reported,

“David Campos of the city’s Board of Supervisors has sponsored a resolution asking the city to review its current process of approving public advertisements. Campos argues that the “Abortion Hurts Women” advertisements violate city policy because they are spreading misinformation about abortions.”

One group, the Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign, even circulated a petition to have the signs removed, “saying they are a form of hate speech against women.”

They have also put their own banners in San Francisco, as reported at SFGate, with the lovely message, “U.S. out of my uterus.”

Lydia O’Connor of the Huffington Post picked up the story, saying in part,

“A petition to remove the banners has begun circulating, noting that carrying a baby to term carries much higher health risks than abortion. The city, petitioners argue, should have a policy of defending women’s reproductive rights and should not endorse the stigmatization of healthcare procedures.”

The mayor of San Francisco said that the banners were protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, as reported at SFGate.

Despite the drama, the Walk for Life was a success, although it did not get much media attention.

Watch a local news report on the controversy about the banners here.


Renee Nal

Renee Nal

Renee Nal is a co-founder of TavernKeepers.com, a news and political commentary site founded by former Glenn Beck interns. She is also the National Conservative Examiner. Renee is an associate producer for Trevor Loudon's political documentary, 'The Enemies Within.'

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