NY Attorney General Tries to Silence Free Speech

Oct 9, 2017

Liberty Counsel filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit, filed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, to shut down the pro-life speech of Christians who regularly counsel and preach on public sidewalks outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Jamaica, NY.

Liberty Counsel represents one of the defendants, Scott Fitchett, Jr., a pre-K teacher who spends his Saturdays preaching outside the facility “to persuade women to change their minds about seeking an abortion by communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Liberty Counsel’s filing includes Fitchett’s opposition to the attorney general’s motion for an immediate injunction to stop Fitchett’s sidewalk preaching of the Gospel. 

The Attorney General’s lawsuit is based on the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and similar New York laws. Enacted by Congress to prevent actual violence and physical obstruction of abortion facility entrances, Attorney General Schneiderman is using FACE to shut down pro-life speech. Schneiderman’s disdain for free speech in general, and the pro-life message in particular, was made clear in his press conference announcing the lawsuit, where he said, “We are not a nation where you can choose your point of view,” and that pro-life Christians “run their mouths” with “unlawful, un-American rhetoric.”

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