Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned over past actions of sexual misconduct, once sued a group of abortion clinic protesters for, among other things “unwanted physical contact.”
Schneiderman resigned as attorney general on Tuesday in response to a New Yorker article published the day before in which four women accused him of physical abuse, specifically choking.
While serving as attorney general, Schneiderman maintained a pro-choice position, at one point filing a federal lawsuit against 14 pro-life activists over their protesting at an abortion clinic. Among other things, the suit accused the protestors of engaging in “unwanted physical contact.”
“Since 2012, protesters have subjected incoming patients to a barrage of unwanted physical contact, as well as verbal abuse, threats of harm, and lies about the clinic’s hours and its services,” alleged the lawsuit, filed last year.
“Protesters descend on approaching patients to harangue them, sometimes pinning them against the clinic’s exterior wall or parking meters, and even forcing them into the street and oncoming traffic as they try to escape the protesters. Some protesters go so far as to touch or grab at patients to get their attention and force printed anti-choice materials on them.”
The attorney general based his suit on the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). Arguments were heard earlier this year before U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon.
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Source: Christian Post