Judge Protects Free Speech of Pro-Lifers Outside Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Dec 09, 2013 9:55 AM
On Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court, Associate Circuit Judge Michael Noble dismissed charges against pro-life activists, Brian Westbrook, executive director of Coalition for Life St. Louis, and Rita Sparrow, veteran sidewalk counselor, after testimony and arguments. The cases had been brought by the City of St. Louis, stretching ordinances beyond their intended scope in order to charge Mr. Westbrook and Ms. Sparrow for simple, peaceful demonstration outside the local Planned Parenthood. In June 2012, St. Louis police accused Mr. Westbrook of “False Advertising” for displaying a sign that advised abortion-bound women that there were “Free Pregnancy Tests and Ultrasounds” available at the nearby Thrive ultrasound van.