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Pro-Life Leader Arrested for Free Speech Outside ABQ Polling Center - Christian Newswire



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Pro-Life Leader Arrested for Free Speech Outside ABQ Polling Center

Contact: Seth Drayer, Created Equal, 260-273-1881, [email protected] 

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- On November 19, 2013, Created Equal Executive Director Mark Harrington was arrested outside of an Albuquerque election polling location for lawfully expressing free speech rights. As video reveals, Harrington abided by the state law that allows campaigning 100 feet outside of a polling location. Though he did not cross the line, he was arrested for allegedly trespassing.

"I just want the facts," Harrington says in appeal to law enforcement in the video. He was never asked to leave by property owners. Instead, the 100 feet free speech boundary was marked out for campaign efforts.

In spite of his compliance, Harrington was arrested, detained for the remaining duration of Albuquerque's late-term abortion vote, and released earlier this morning.

Mark Harrington said, "This is a cut-and-dried violation of the Constitutional rights of pro-life advocates to help get the vote out in ABQ. I was simply following New Mexico state law that permits 'campaigning' outside the 100 foot buffer."

For more information or interviews contact Seth Drayer at 260-273-1881 or [email protected].  

Mark Harrington is the Executive Director of Created Equal.



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