A well-known Christian pro-lifer is paying a price for standing on his legal rights and offering what he says is an essential service.
Cities4Life is a pro-life group that stations sidewalk counselors at abortion clinics in North Carolina. It was founded by David Benham, who was recently challenged by police at a local abortion facility.
"We are practicing social distancing. We have cleaned our hands. We are offering help to these mothers, and if you're saying we don't have the right to be here, then go into the abortion clinic and make the arrests there," Benham told the officer.
He then assured the officer that he and his crew would not budge, as they were simply exercising their constitutional rights. Inside the clinic, however, where more than ten people were gathered together for abortions, established emergency orders were being violated.
Benham insisted that his group was offering essential services to expectant mothers. "We are doing everything well within the ordinance," he told the law enforcement officer. "It's well within the statute."
Even so, Benham and others were arrested. They were released the same day and will stand trial at a later date.
Personhood Alliance and LifeSiteNews are conducting a petition drive in support of the pro-lifers.