A legal organization is asking the nation's highest court to protect the free speech rights of a pro-life activist.
At stake is a state law on loudness. The law was used as the basis for a citation against Maine Pastor Andrew March who was preaching outside an abortion clinic.
Pacific Justice Institute has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to hear the case.
“Specifically this law says that pro-life speakers [are] not given the same opportunity as pro-abortion speakers to express themselves in front of an abortion center, like Planned Parenthood," says PJI attorney Brad Dacus.
The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled in favor of the restrictive law and March's attorneys have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review it.
While March preached a pro-life message, the clinic used bullhorns to drown him out – but only March was found guilty of violating the noise law.
“Selective enforcement of this law based upon the messaging,” says Dacus, “and their attitude about the person giving the message, in this case a minister, has no place in the United States of America. And it must be halted so it doesn't spread to other states with similar intolerant statutes with regards to free speech.”