The police charged that Mattia was disturbing the peace on a “psychological level,” but Judge Lawson ruled law enforcement was unconstitutionally exercising a “heckler’s veto” via trying to censor speech they didn’t agree with.
Conversely, five abortion protesters were sentenced to a year in prison in December after they disrupted a Catholic mass in Spain and were convicted of violating Spain’s religious freedom laws. (RELATED: Abortion Activists Get Thrown In Jail For Disrupting Mass [VIDEO])
A U.S. court also convicted two priests for trespassing at an abortion clinic and blocking its entrance during a pro-life activist operation in November, according to Aleteia. A pro-life woman was also arrested and jailed in December for setting foot an Ontario abortion clinic. (RELATED: Pro-Lifer Has To Sit In Jail For Months For Protesting Abortion).
The Detroit settlement comes after New York’s attorney general oversaw and facilitated secret surveillance on pro-life counselors outside an abortion clinic as well as the creation of a fake identity in an attempt to win an ongoing case, according to a witness’s testimony. Schneiderman came down hard on fake identities and fraudulent activity on the Internet in an NPR interview late January but failed to act on his own advice.