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New York AG Sues Pro-Life Advocates Who Protest at Clinics in Queens

New York AG Sues Pro-Life Advocates Who Protest at Clinics in Queens

AG Schneiderman accused the protesters of harassing women and employees.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against people who have protested outside of Choices Women’s Medical Clinic in Queens for the past five years.

Schneiderman has accused the defendants of “targeting patients and employees every Saturday morning, telling them ‘You don’t know when you might get shot’ and even calling them murderers.”

From The New York Daily News:

The menacing protesters are not above using their bodies to block the passenger-side doors to impede patients arriving by car, or clashing with volunteer escorts trying to shield patients from unwanted abuse.

“The tactics used to harass and menace Choices’ patients, families, volunteers, and staff are not only horrifying, they’re illegal,” Schneiderman said.

“The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

The lawsuit claims that the “protesters have violated the federal Freedom to Clinic Entrances Act and the New York State Clinic Access Act by chasing and crowding patients as they approach the building.”

The Thomas More Society is representing the defendants and released this statement via email:

“Members of the Church at the Rock peacefully counsel women who are considering having an abortion. They conduct themselves reasonably and compassionately, and offer information about abortion alternatives to those willing to listen. This is the exercise of their core First Amendment rights, and is an activity that takes place on the public sidewalk, the traditional venue for expression concerning important ideas and societal issues.

“The New York Attorney General’s suit seeks to deny our clients their fundamental First Amendment rights and is without factual or legal basis. We will vigorously defend our clients’ right to continue to peacefully deliver a pro-life message to abortion-minded women on the public sidewalk, and will seek dismissal of the State of New York’s meritless attempt to deny our clients the rights guaranteed them by our Constitution. ”

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where was the ny ag when thru the streets of Manhattan these very same protestors were yelling ‘pigs in a blanket’… oh, wait that wasn’t these horrible people who want babies to be given a life…?

Everyone and their uncle, aunt knows what happens in the abortion chambers. Everyone knows that Planned Parenthood corporation has a Mengele (i.e. clinical cannibalism) division.

I wonder how the National Socialists rationalized their treatment of lives deemed unworthy. [class] diversity, too. And elective wars. Oh, my.

“The tactics used to harass and menace Choices’ patients, families, volunteers, and staff are not only horrifying, they’re illegal,” Schneiderman said.

If they’re illegal, charge them with a crime. Why are you filing a lawsuit?

    lgbmiel in reply to MTED. | June 23, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Exactly! If some law is being violated, then arrest is the proper response. Sounds to me like the NY AG wants to sue them for expressing an opinion the NY AG doesn’t like.

Pro-Choice or elective abortion … important ideas and societal issues

It’s a human rights issue. It’s a societal issue because liberals deny the science of human evolution from conception, and perhaps to profit (e.g. Planned Parenthood) from its exploitation. So, liberal judges received instruction from the twilight fringe and reinterpreted (reformed) the constitution to aid and abet its progress.

Members of the Church at the Rock peacefully counsel women who are considering having an abortion. They conduct themselves reasonably and compassionately, and offer information about abortion alternatives to those willing to listen.

Wow. Patience is a virtue. They offset the Pro-Choice religion taught in schools, conveyed through popular culture, and guaranteed by the government.

The National Socialists also thought that elective abortion was legal until it wasn’t. Political myths have a limited lifetime. The New York AG may want to consider losing his quasi-religion and retraining.

Pelosi Schmelosi | June 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

We’ve reached the point where espousing a set of political viewpoints is dangerous in certain parts of our Country. I just returned from vacation from the cesspool known as NY, where I spent 45 years of my life, and I have to admit I was apprehensive about even opening a link to a site like LI on my phone.
And travel to Portland on business…heck no!
Civil war is not far away

    I do believe we have a profound and deep differences in values between Americans and Democrats. I do not see a way to overcome or bridge these differences, and I don’t see how this situation can go on much longer.

    Today’s Democrats are so opposed to America because their values are so fundamentally incompatible with an advanced, western democracy. They’re incompatible with a Constitutional Republic.

“and even calling them murderers”

Oh no, there’s that nasty business of uttering the truth getting in the way of the left’s agenda.

They KNOW, they know to a certainty, that what they are doing is killing unborn life.

For a dirty dollar.

The NY State Clinic Access Act may itself be unconstitutional because it codifies “viewpoint discrimination” on public property.

Hey schneiderman, buddy… I call them ‘murderers’ also.

… escorts trying to shield patients from unwanted abuse.

As opposed to “wanted abuse”?

Who is harassing whom? Is this an attempt to use the law to silence legitimate exercise of speech or is it an attempt to protect a legal activity from illegal interference? The devil is in the details but my sympathies and instincts are on the side of those who witness to the truth at personal expense and personal risk rather that those who profit from killing babies. I suspect that this is more of the kind of harassment that Daleiden and Merritt are enduring for nothing more than investigative journalism in the public interest.

    bhwms in reply to cwillia1. | June 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Isn’t this called SLAPP? (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Several states have laws against this – I don’t know if NY is one of them.

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