The attorney general of New York continues his case this week against pro-lifers outside an abortion clinic, but some say his argument is invalid.
For five years, the pastor and members of Brooklyn's Church @ the Rock have been going to an abortion clinic in nearby Queens to offer what they call peaceful sidewalk counseling. But Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D-NY) says this is a violation of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and similar New York laws meant to prevent violence and physical obstruction of abortion facility entrances.
"His argument is invalid, primarily for the reason that the FACE Act itself has a substantial carve-out recognizing the rights of people to peacefully assemble on the sidewalk and express and counsel and so-forth, and that's what our people do," says attorney Martin Cannon of Thomas More Society, the organization representing Church @ the Rock. "The attorney general is trying to take our conduct and take it out of the protected activity pigeon hole and … lump it in with actual, physical obstruction."
Cannon considers that to be brazen overreach.
"If he succeeds, you'll see it in every state in the country," the attorney continues. "We'll be back in court this coming Wednesday, and it's not going to be anywhere near done. This is a very substantial case."
The attorney general's office did not respond to OneNewsNow's request for comment.
Liberty Counsel is representing another person in this case.