Planned Parenthood’s Alley of Death

May 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Liberty Counsel filed its brief in the appeal of the denial of Liberty Counsel’s Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation) motion to dismiss Two Rivers Public Charter School’s lawsuit against pro-life advocate Larry Cirignano for his constitutionally protected speech against a Planned Parenthood facility located between the school’s elementary and middle school buildings. 

Cirignano, represented by Liberty Counsel, has peacefully protested the existence of the abortion facility since its construction began in 2015. The Planned Parenthood building shares an alley with and is located between the two buildings of the Two Rivers Public Charter School.
 


The charter school sued Cirigano and other pro-life advocates for being on the public sidewalk shared by the school and Planned Parenthood, claiming the presentation of the truth about Planned Parenthood and informing the public about the school children’s exposure to this abortion facility caused “emotional distress” and were a “nuisance” to the school. Cirigano, however, has only stood on the sidewalk peacefully holding a sign, and has never trespassed on school property or otherwise broken any laws.

Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “It is shocking that a school entrusted with the care of young children would welcome and fight for a Planned Parenthood facility to be located between its elementary and middle school. Instead of looking at the pain and death that is perpetrated by Planned Parenthood right in the midst of its own school buildings, the school is attempting to silence the courageous advocates trying to protect children and women. Parents should be forewarned of the dangers which lurk behind the four walls. School officials should be ashamed for trying to hide the clinic from the parents and the public. Our client will not be intimated and deterred in the exercise of his freedom of speech,” said Staver.

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