Pro-lifers go to court, again, in MS

Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

protest outside Planned ParenthoodA pro-life legal organization says a Mississippi police department needs to take a course on the U.S. Constitution and apply that knowledge to pro-life activists. 

Life Legal Defense Foundation has sued the City of Jackson, alleging harassment of people praying along the sidewalk at an abortion clinic.

Life Legal executive director Alexandra Snyder alleges that Jackson police officers would enforce bizarre rules, such as prohibiting pro-lifer protestors from allowing their signs to touch the ground.

There's also a "no-standing" rule that means they must continually move.  

Life Legal appeared before a federal appeals court December 2 seeking a preliminary injunction against Jackson's police chief and other JPD officers.

In 2008, a federal judge issued a consent decree against the city and police department for violating free speech rights of the pro-lifers.

"And part of that consent decree involved training in the First Amendment," says the attorney. "Clearly that has not happened because the intimidation - the harassment - has continued."

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