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2015 Victories: Protecting the Free Speech Rights of Those Who Are Defending Lives

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December 9

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Free Speech

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2015.

Earlier this year, the ACLJ secured a huge victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors in Florida – protecting their free speech right to share the lifesaving message of hope with women outside abortion clinics.

For more than a decade, Judith Minahan and JoAnn O’Connell ministered to women in need outside a Fort Myers abortion clinic.  They lovingly counseled women about alternatives to abortion, about the baby growing inside of them, and how they could receive needed care.

Their pro-life work saved lives.

Their ministry continued for years, until a police officer threatened to arrest them under a blatantly unconstitutional ordinance.

The ACLJ quickly stepped in on behalf of Judith and JoAnn to file a lawsuit against the City of Fort Myers, Florida for infringing on their First Amendment rights.  Ultimately, the case was settled through a consent judgment in favor of Judith and JoAnn.  Now, they can continue their important work without fear of being wrongfully cited under the loitering ordinance.

This is a major victory for not only Judith and JoAnn, allowing them to continue their ministry, but also for other pro-life counselors, women in needs, and unborn children.  Women in Fort Myers are now able to receive important pro-life information that they would not receive from an abortion clinic.  And unborn babies are being saved one precious life at a time.

To help the ACLJ continue to have the resources we need to make these victories possible and continue these fights, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ACLJ through our year-end Matching Challenge.  Your gift will be doubled dollar-for-dollar through the end of the year.

You will be able to read more in the ACLJ’s 2015 Victories series here.

ACLJ staff writers are part of the ACLJ’s legal, legislative, and media teams; and they are all dedicated to the principle that religious freedom and freedom of speech are universal, inalienable, God-given rights for all people.

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ACLJ staff writers are part of the ACLJ’s legal, legislative, and media teams; and they are all dedicated to the principle that religious freedom and freedom of speech are universal, inalienable, God-given rights for all people.

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2015 Victories: Protecting the Free Speech Rights of Those Who Are Defending Lives

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December 9

1 min read

Free Speech

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2015.

Earlier this year, the ACLJ secured a huge victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors in Florida – protecting their free speech right to share the lifesaving message of hope with women outside abortion clinics.

For more than a decade, Judith Minahan and JoAnn O’Connell ministered to women in need outside a Fort Myers abortion clinic.  They lovingly counseled women about alternatives to abortion, about the baby growing inside of them, and how they could receive needed care.

Their pro-life work saved lives.

Their ministry continued for years, until a police officer threatened to arrest them under a blatantly unconstitutional ordinance.

The ACLJ quickly stepped in on behalf of Judith and JoAnn to file a lawsuit against the City of Fort Myers, Florida for infringing on their First Amendment rights.  Ultimately, the case was settled through a consent judgment in favor of Judith and JoAnn.  Now, they can continue their important work without fear of being wrongfully cited under the loitering ordinance.

This is a major victory for not only Judith and JoAnn, allowing them to continue their ministry, but also for other pro-life counselors, women in needs, and unborn children.  Women in Fort Myers are now able to receive important pro-life information that they would not receive from an abortion clinic.  And unborn babies are being saved one precious life at a time.

To help the ACLJ continue to have the resources we need to make these victories possible and continue these fights, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ACLJ through our year-end Matching Challenge.  Your gift will be doubled dollar-for-dollar through the end of the year.

You will be able to read more in the ACLJ’s 2015 Victories series here.

ACLJ staff writers are part of the ACLJ’s legal, legislative, and media teams; and they are all dedicated to the principle that religious freedom and freedom of speech are universal, inalienable, God-given rights for all people.

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ACLJ staff writers are part of the ACLJ’s legal, legislative, and media teams; and they are all dedicated to the principle that religious freedom and freedom of speech are universal, inalienable, God-given rights for all people.

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