Rev. Walter B. Hoye II is a pro-life Baptist pastor in Berkeley, California, who feels a special calling to reach out to his fellow African-Americans to end the genocide-by-abortion taking place in their communities. In 2006, he began going weekly to Family Planning Specialists, an Oakland abortion business. There he would stand outside, offering pro-life literature and attempting to converse with abortion-minded women by asking, “May I talk with you about alternatives to the clinic?” His demeanor was unfailingly friendly and low-key.What does “bubble-zone” ordinance mean?
Hoye’s presence enraged clinic management, who them enlisted the help of Oakland City Council members to enact, on December 18, 2007, a “Mother, may I?” bubble zone ordinance applicable within a 100-foot radius of any Oakland abortion business.
Inside the jail, Hoye fasted, led Bible studies and won six men to Christ. Outside, numerous people began praying and sidewalk counseling, for the first time, at Family Planning Specialists. The April 8 Contra Costa Times reported.I love this. Even in jail, this man is not a victim sitting cursing his accusers. He’s still spreading a message of love and hope in a place with bars and despair.
[Hoye] went free Tuesday with a wider, louder network of anti-abortion supporters than before he went to trial…Now…his backers said the city’s year-old “bubble law” …has backfired. “They would have been in a better position if they would have left him alone. They picked on one man on one street, one day a week trying to reach one woman at a time with one sign for one hour,” said Dion Evans, pastor of Alameda’s Chosen Vessels Christian Church. “Now a mobilization has come together because they’ve created an unjust law. People like myself who havebeen cheerleading are not on the sidelines anyone. We’re now in the game.”
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