Federal Judge in New York Strikes Down Lawsuit Against Pro-Life Christians Accused of Harassment of Abortion Clinic

A federal judge in New York has struck down a lawsuit against a coalition of Christian pro-life protesters who had been accused of threatening patients, staff and family members outside of an abortion clinic in New York City last year.

U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon on Friday denied a request for an injunction in a federal lawsuit filed last June by Eric Schneiderman, then the New York Attorney General, saying there was lack of evidence of any of the purported threats, harassment, or groping that the prosecution had claimed occurred outside of the Choices Medical Clinic abortion facility in Jamaica, Queens.

The lawsuit by Schneiderman, a Democrat, claimed the pro-life counsellors repeatedly “harassed, threatened, and menaced patients, families, escorts, and clinic staff … every Saturday morning for at least five years.”

Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society Special Counsel who represented the counsellors from Church@TheRock in Brooklyn, New York, who were among the defendants, said in a statement that the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or FACE Act, “specifically exempts constitutionally protected advocacy from its prohibitions.”

The other defendants were from Grace Baptist Church in Woodhaven, Bright Dawn Ministries in Brooklyn, and a group called Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

“After a three-week trial on the preliminary injunction, she (Judge Bagley Amon) issued a 103-page opinion, systematically rejecting the credibility of the state’s witnesses, the merits of the state’s arguments, and the request for the injunction itself,” Cannon added.

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Source: Christian Post