Foundation Demands Brighton, NY Police Stop Harassing Pro-Life Ministries
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The Foundation for Moral Law (http://www NULL.morallaw NULL.org/) sent a letter (http://morallaw NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FML-letter-to-Brighton-Police-re-Rescue-Rochester-and-Bound4Life-Nov NULL.-8-2011 NULL.pdf) to the Town of Brighton (http://www NULL.townofbrighton NULL.org/) in western New York yesterday, demanding that the Brighton police and officials stop interfering with pro-life ministry on the public sidewalks outside a local abortion clinic. On behalf of Rev. Michael Warren and Gerald Crawford, both of Rescue Rochester (http://rescuerochester NULL.com/home NULL.html), and Bound4Life Rochester (http://citytocity NULL.webs NULL.com/bound4liferochester NULL.htm), the Foundation told Brighton to “cease and desist” its unconstitutional pattern of targeting multiple pro-life activists in their ministry of prayer and sidewalk counseling.
Click here to read the Foundation’s demand letter to the Town of Brighton Attorney William Moehle and Chief of Police Mark T. Henderson. (http://morallaw NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FML-letter-to-Brighton-Police-re-Rescue-Rochester-and-Bound4Life-Nov NULL.-8-2011 NULL.pdf)
Judge Roy Moore, President of the Foundation for Moral Law and the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, noted that the Brighton police should be upholding the law:
“Those who believe in abortion never cease to try to restrict any opposition to their anti-life agenda. The Brighton police should be upholding the law and the freedom of people to speak up for the God-given right to life rather than running interference for the abortionist.”
In the letter, the Foundation explains that Brighton police officers have been making unwarranted threats against Rev. Warren and Mr. Crawford for their lawful use of pro-life signs and amplification equipment outside the abortion clinic of Dr. Morris Wortman, at 2020 South Clinton Avenue in the Town of Brighton. Additionally, as if to prove their anti-life bias, Brighton police in September ordered members of the pro-life prayer group Bound4Life Rochester to produce identifying information for simply praying silently on the public sidewalk outside the same clinic.
“Just as unborn children are targeted by the abortionist on the inside, Brighton police have made a habit of targeting pro-life ministry on the public streets outside the abortion mill,” said Foundation attorney Ben DuPré, who along with local New York attorney Kevin Johnson of Klafehn & Heise PLLC (http://klafehnandheise NULL.com/), signed the demand letter. “However much Dr. Wortman and officials of Brighton may dislike Rescue Rochester’s and Bound4Life’s message or even mere presence, the Constitution does not permit the force of law to be used to harass and intimidate pro-life ministry in Brighton.”
Reverend Michael Warren of Rescue Rochester stated, “It is tragic that our judicial and law enforcement institutions have been so blinded by the bloodguilt of over 50 million children killed by abortion that they are determined to silence a ministry that offers the one safe choice available to abortion minded women. It’s unfortunate that The Brighton Police Department finds itself co-opted by the pro-abortion political machine. By the grace of God we will continue to be a voice for the voiceless at Rochester area abortion mills.”
The letter concluded by demanding from the Town of Brighton written assurances by November 21, 2011, that pro-life speakers will be allowed to freely engage in the expression of their protected speech on the public sidewalks near and adjacent to Dr. Wortman’s abortion clinic.