On Monday, the Supreme Court refused a challenge to a New York City law governing crisis pregnancy center disclosures and a Denver law protecting abortion clinic access.
Ralph Lang was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic after his gun went off in a local motel room. When police arrived at the motel, Lang told them that he intended “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”
Ralph Lang’s lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, reportedly plans to ask what “constituted an actual attempt to kill someone.” During jury selection, Schulenberg drew an apparent parallel between the clinic plot and attempts to hunt wildlife.
As someone who has worked with abortion providers and defended clinics for many years, I have learned that the only way to prevent anti-abortion protesters (or, “antis”) from physically interfering with women (and their accompanying partners, relatives or friends) going into a clinic is by relying on our own efforts – and not laws.
The anti-choice activists are up at arms over an elderly activist allegedly arrested for “sprinkling holy water.” But was it a “sprinkle” or an assault?
Citing escalating harassment at clinic entryways, the city council has voted to keep protesters at least 20 feet from doors and alleys.
In order to not pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines, one protester agrees to back off.
Do anti-choice protestors get more rights than everyone else?
It’s been over a year since the Richard Lang was arrested, but now he may finally go to trial.
The converse of “the devil made me do it” is now being used in a new anti-choice activist’s legal defense.