The New York attorney general filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against pro-lifers advocating for their beliefs outside an abortion clinic in Queens, New York.
The lawsuit alleges that protesters violated federal, state, and local laws by picketing outside the clinic, and that their expressions of speech have been aggressive attempts to impede access to reproductive health care.
The motion seeks to create a buffer zone around the clinic premises and is the result of AG Eric Schneiderman’s June 2016 investigation of complaints about the protestors, according to Breaking 911.
“The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction. We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York,” Schneiderman said in a statement outside the clinic Tuesday.
The Attorney General’s claims are brought under the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), the New York State Clinic Access Act (NY Clinic Access Act), and the New York City Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act (NYC Clinic Access Act).
“It is as old as the First Amendment that proper restrictions on time, place and manner of speech are totally lawful. There are many things that are ‘speech’ that are restricted by the law,” Schneiderman said.
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