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Washington, D.C. Protects Abortion and Planned Parenthood Yet Crushes and Prohibits the First Amendment and Free Speech

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735

WASHINGTON, June 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- It is now more important for government and law enforcement officials to protect abortion in our nation's capital than it is for them to protect the First Amendment, free speech and civil liberties.
Is this the future of America?
Police officers arrested Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney for praying on a public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, June 8.
This arrest followed weeks of Washington, D.C. police officers threatening to arrest members of the pro-life community for praying and counseling on the public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.
For years, the pro-life community has prayed, counseled and held peaceful witness on the public property in front of Planned Parenthood.
View photo of pro-lifers peacefully praying in front of Planned Parenthood
This situation developed after Planned Parenthood applied for a public permit to construct an iron fence around their property.
View pictures of the recently constructed fence with "No Trespassing" signs

However, the construction of the fence did not change the description of the land and according to city records it still remains public.  Also, Planned  Parenthood and the City of Washington, D.C. have not presented one piece of evidence or documentation showing the property has now become private.
James Henderson, Senior Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice who is representing Rev. Mahoney, states,

    "After we learned that Planned Parenthood installed the fence, and that police were threatening to arrest those that prayed or counseled on the public spaces within the fence, we extensively researched the status of that property.
    "The Public Spaces Branch of the District's Department of Transportation maintains the the database of public properties in Washington, D.C.  During meetings with that department, two different sources confirmed to us that Washington, D.C. owned a 50-foot right of way along the public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.
    "So, we know for a fact that Rev. Mahoney was arrested on public property when he was charged with crime of unlawful entry."
The Christian Defense Coalition plans a major national campaign to  address this ban on the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. later this summer.
For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at  540.538.4741       202.547.1735