Planned Parenthood Litigation Update | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

By Jay Sekulow1309027423000

On May 1, 2004, a Planned Parenthood security guard grabbed college student, Daniel Heenan, pushed him from behind, and threw him to the ground, toppling on top of him.  Daniel, while a student at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA, traveled with other students once a week to a Washington, DC abortion facility operated by Planned Parenthood.  At the facility, Daniel and his fellow students would pray and engage in sidewalk counseling activities.  There was no blocking of access or acts of civil disobedience involved in this case. 

 

When Daniel began his weekly activities, there was a painted black line on the sidewalk outside the facility, marking a 20-foot zone from the doors.  Escorts and police had told pro-lifers that they were not allowed to cross over the line.  The distance limitation made the job of counseling women much more difficult.  In 2004, Daniel and his friends discovered that there was no legal basis for the painted line and decided to ignore the distance restriction that had been observed in the past.  When he did so, the clinic escorts began blocking the sidewalks. 

 

We initiated the lawsuit on behalf of Daniel, alleging battery, and have sued both the security guard and Planned Parenthood of Washington, DC.  Discovery in the case has now been completed, and we have just filed motions for summary judgment.  The DC Superior Court has set a deadline for its decision of May 1st. 

 

We are going to continue to stand up for the rights of pro-life citizens to exercise their free speech rights free of harassment.  I will keep you posted on the progress of this case. 

 

 

Latest in
Pro Life

ACLJ Fights U.N.’s Pro-Abortion Threat

By Olivia Summers1507670795928

“ Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law.” For over 50 years, these words have been enumerated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – one of the international community’s commitments to protecting the life of every human...

read more

House Votes to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks 

By ACLJ.org1507035600000

UPDATE : On October 3, 2017, H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House of Representatives. With a vote of 237 to 189, this crucial pro-life bill received bipartisan support, and now we will press forward as it moves to the U.S. Senate. Abortion...

read more

Standing Up for the Life of the Unborn at the UN

By ACLJ.org1506525665408

The abortion industry is once again using abortion to accomplish an evil eugenics agenda worldwide. One nation even claims to have used abortion to eradicate Down syndrome – proudly slaughtering innocent babies. Let’s not fool ourselves. It's not about curing a disability. It’s about murdering...

read more

Defending the Unborn at the U.N.

By ACLJ.org1506002400000

Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states, “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law.” However, as we recently reported , the U.N. Human Rights Committee is attempting to revise its General Comment on Article 6...

read more