On Friday, in a rare move, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals pulled a 100-plus page opinion it had issued in March against a group of pro-life protestors. The short three-sentence order in People of the State of New York v. Griepp—in which the court, without elaboration, granted rehearing of the case, vacated its previous opinion, and reinstated the district court’s decision—tells none of the bigger story of this continuing saga: a story of complicity between the abortion industry and leftist government officials.
The Griepp case dates back to June 2017, when, following a year-long investigation he launched into peaceful pro-life protestors, then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against 13 individuals for alleged violations of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and the state and city equivalents.
FACE (and the state and city corollaries) provides for both civil and criminal penalties for any individual who, “by force or threat of force or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services.”
Although Schneiderman initiated the civil lawsuit against the protestors, he later resigned in May 2018 following reports he assaulted four women. The case against the Griepp defendants continued under his successor.
Two months after Schneiderman resigned in disgrace, and after hearing extensive testimony and viewing videos capturing the defendants’ conduct outside the Queens Choices Women’s Medical Center, a federal judge rejected the Office of Attorney General’s request for a preliminary injunction to enjoin the protestors from speaking outside the abortion facility.
Abortionists Working with State Officials
While the district court’s decision represented a victory for the pro-life defendants, most of whom were members of either the Church at the Rock or Grace Baptist Church, Judge Carol Bagley Amon’s opinion also exposed the deceit of the abortion apologists and the symbiotic relationship between the abortion facility and the AG’s office. As I reported shortly
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