NC challenged on pro-life discrimination

Friday, December 15, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Pro-lifer with hatA lawsuit filed against them may convince city officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, to respect the Constitution.

Charlotte has been using different approaches to combat the pro-life witness at local abortion clinics – and Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit to stop it. Kate Olivieri, an attorney for Thomas More Law Center, spoke with OneNewsNow about the suit.

"The city of Charlotte and many of its officials are giving citations to pro-lifers based on the content of their signs," she says. "They're not issuing the same citations or putting the same restrictions on other signs, up to and including signs promoting abortion."

As the attorney explains, that's called viewpoint discrimination according to federal court rulings.

Oliveri

"They're silencing the pro-life message," Olivieri continues. "They're confiscating the pro-lifers' signs and materials and then destroying them. It's absolutely based on what they're saying and that the city of Charlotte officials don't like the pro-life message."

The legal organization contends one cannot violate constitutionally guaranteed free speech to challenge someone who might hold an opposing view. "One of the things that's great about our country is that, regardless of your opinion, you have the right to speak," the attorney says, "especially when it's this peaceful message of life."

Thomas More Law Center is asking for an injunction prohibiting Charlotte from enforcing its unconstitutional ordinance designed to silence pro-lifers.

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