Judge: 'Harassment' may be too strong a word

Monday, February 5, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pro-lifer reading BibleNew York's attorney general might have a tough time in his war against peaceful pro-life counselors at New York City's abortion clinics.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed suit against a host of pro-life counselors he claims harassed people who were going into New York City abortuaries and violating federal law by interfering at clinic entrances through threats and violence, which is not true.

Several of the pro-lifers who counsel at a Jamaica, Queens clinic are represented by Thomas More Society attorney Martin Cannon. He tells OneNewsNow that Federal Judge Carol Amon in a preliminary hearing last week questioned whether the attorney general's version of harassment was really on the mark.

Cannon

"That's a particularly interesting thing that the judge was paying quite a bit of attention to and seemed to agree with us on this that harassment in this case is being sort of stretched in order to conform to the attorney general's opinions about what is considered proper behavior on the sidewalk," Cannon continues.

The counselors, all from Rock Church, never threatened or harmed anyone; they handed out pro-life literature and politely encouraged people to let their babies live.

"In fact, the reason the public sidewalk is considered such an important public forum is because it's a place where the person can't necessarily tune you out, turn the page, or turn off the radio," the attorney explains. "That is important … and the courts have widely recognized that."

Thomas More Society is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit partly on the grounds of free speech, and a ruling is expected before the February 12th court date.

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