The Constitution is on pro-lifers' side

Monday, June 13, 2016
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pro-lifer reading BibleAnother legal victory proves that pro-life sidewalk counselors can win when falsely accused -- that is if they fight back.

Steve Beller is a sidewalk counselor in Sioux City, Iowa who has angered the local Planned Parenthood because of his success in convincing women to not abort their children. Thomas More Society attorney Martin Cannon tells OneNewsNow Beller has always done his counseling on the public right of way, but Planned Parenthood called police on him.

"He was arrested, handcuffed, brought down to the jail house, and he had to bond himself out," Cannon reports.


But Beller had a constitutional right to be on public property, and he violated no laws. So with numerous witnesses on his side, Cannon took the case to court.

"I think the officer that cited him was the mistake in here, but when it got to the prosecution end, on the morning of trial anyway, the prosecutor decided to dismiss it because he could see the problem," the attorney relays.

The same situation was evident in 2014, when local prosecutors unsuccessfully attempted to prosecute Sioux City pro-life advocate Peggy McGinty.

Cannon sees that prosecutors throughout the country are learning a lesson when pro-life counselors stand behind the Constitution.

"What they're learning is Planned Parenthood makes accusations that don't hold up, and pro-lifers will be well defended and come out of the woodwork with their witnesses to have a trial instead of just pleading guilty and paying a fine or going to jail," says Cannon.

Thomas More Society has defended numerous pro-lifers in similar legal predicaments.


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