Appeals Court Upholds Pro-Life Activists Claim DC Selectively Enforced Statute

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Article Source: USA Today

Article Source: USA Today

  • A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of anti-abortion protesters, citing First Amendment grounds, and stating that Washington, D.C. likely discriminated against them by arresting them for chalking a sidewalk, while not doing the same for Black Lives Matter protesters engaged in similar activity.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously overturned a lower court’s opinion, allowing the lawsuit to proceed.
  • The anti-abortion protesters were arrested in 2020 for chalking “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter” on a public sidewalk, while the city seemed to abandon enforcement of the same ordinance for “Black Lives Matter” chalkings after George Floyd’s killing. The appeals court emphasized the need for equal treatment of messages in public forums.  Read More

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