The Thomas More Society is representing defendants affiliated with the Church at the Rock, a non-denominational Christian church in Brooklyn, New York, who are pro-life advocates charged in a federal lawsuit filed on June 20, 2017 by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Schneiderman alleges that these defendants unlawfully harassed patients, families and clinic staff at the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens.
In response to these allegations, Thomas More Society General Counsel, Andrew Bath, issued the following statement:
“Members of the Church at the Rock peacefully counsel women who are considering having an abortion. They conduct themselves reasonably and compassionately, and offer information about abortion alternatives to those willing to listen. This is the exercise of their core First Amendment rights, and is an activity that takes place on the public sidewalk, the traditional venue for expression concerning important ideas and societal issues.
“The New York Attorney General's suit seeks to deny our clients their fundamental First Amendment rights and is without factual or legal basis. We will vigorously defend our clients' right to continue to peacefully deliver a pro-life message to abortion-minded women on the public sidewalk, and will seek dismissal of the State of New York’s meritless attempt to deny our clients the rights guaranteed them by our Constitution.”
About the Thomas More Society: The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago and Omaha, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit www.thomasmoresociety.org.