A religious liberty law firm is asking a federal court to dismiss a year-long investigation of pro-life activists in New York.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit in June 2016 against 14 pro-life activists who talked to women entering a Planned Parenthood clinic in Jamaica, New York.
One of the activists is Scott Fitchett, who is represented by Liberty Counsel.
The group’s assistant vice president of legal affairs, Roger Gannam, says Attorney General Schneiderman has a history of supporting abortion.
“He has disdain, [he has] open disgust for the pro-life message, using terms like pro-life demonstrators were ‘running their mouths’ and ‘spewing un-American and illegal rhetoric.’” Gannam tells OneNewsNow. “What he's talking about is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Schneiderman’s suit accuses the "sidewalk counselors" of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which prohibits blocking abortion clinic entrances.
OneNewsNow asked Gannam if his client violated the federal law.
“Absolutely not,” he responds. “He simply stands on the edge of a 16-foot-wide sidewalk. He's never close to the entrance, certainly not close enough to actually stop anyone who wants to get in.”
After a year-long investigation, Schneiderman has not produced any evidence that any law has been violated so Liberty Counsel is asking the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit.