When former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office’s prosecution of Christians who were protesting outside an abortion business, he insisted America is “not a nation where you can choose your point of view.”
Schneiderman has since left the office amid allegations of sexual misconduct, but his deputies are continuing the prosecution of the pro-life activists.
The Thomas More Law Center says New York officials have appealed the case to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon ruled for the 13 protesters, including Angela Braxton and Jasmine Lalande, both represented by the center. The decision said they did not violate any laws and did not harass or intimidate women seeking abortions at the Choices abortion business in Jamaica Queens, New York.
The decision noted the evidence didn’t support abortionists’ claims against the protesters.
But now state officials have filed a notice of appeal with the higher court.
“Judge Amon’s ruling was a devastating blow to the attorney general’s office,” said the legal team.
“Last summer, in a highly publicized press conference held in front of the Choices abortion facility, then-New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman (who later resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct), announced his federal lawsuit against the 13 sidewalk counselors claiming they obstructed, harassed and intimidated women who were seeking abortions at the Choices facility. He petitioned the federal court to create a 16-foot buffer zone around abortion premises and levy fines, attorney fees and compensatory damages against the defendants.”
The trial took weeks last winter and resulted in a loss for Schneiderman.
Amon specifically noted that the abortion business’ witnesses were not credible.
In May, WND reported Schneiderman resigned in disgrace after being accused by numerous women of physically attacking them. Several of the women went public with their descriptions of his threats and violent behavior, including some who were badly injured.
At the time, he was prosecuting activists Kenneth Griepp, Ronald George, Patricia Musco, Randall Doe, Osayinwense Okuanghae, Anne Kaminsky, Brian George, Sharon Doe, Deborah Ryan, Angela Braxton, Jasmine LaLande, Prisca Joseph and Scott Fitchett Jr.
Schneiderman wanted a court order preventing them from exercising their constitutional right to speech through trying to persuade women approaching the Choices Women’s Medical Center not to have an abortion.