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Minister arrested for praying, reading Bible 
in front of DC abortion clinic

By Daniel S. McClintock

http://www.cpinews.net/
June 21, 2002

Reverend Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was arrested in Washington D.C. last Friday after praying and reading the Bible to close to an abortion clinic. 

United States Attorney General John Ashcroft was granted a federal injunction against not only Rev. Mahoney, but also several other pro-life activists this January. The order, which was issued just as hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion protestors arrived in Washington D.C. for the March of Life, make it illegal for pro-life demonstrators to protest against abortion within 20 feet of an abortion clinic.

Ashcroft is not the first to have made this order. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno brought about the same injunction during the Clinton administration, but it was thrown down.

CPI Investigators have obtained a copy of the order, in which it states: "[B]uffer zones are necessary to ensure that people and vehicles trying to enter or exit the clinic...can do so. The record shows that protestors purposefully or effectively blocked or hindered people from entering and exiting the clinic doorways. Based on this conduct. . . the District Court was entitled to conclude that the only way to ensure access was to move back the demonstrations..." Schenck 519 U.S. at 380.

The injunction said that the defendants (which included Rev. Mahoney) were permanently enjoined from the following acts:

"Intentionally standing, sitting, lying, or kneeling in front of entrances to any facility where abortions are performed, or otherwise physically blockading or obstructing access to such facilities, located within the boundaries of Interstate 495, popularly known as the Capital Beltway;

"Intentionally, attempting, inducing, directing, aiding, or abetting in any manner, others to take any of the actions described in paragraph above;

"Intentionally coming within a twenty-foot radius of any facility where abortions are performed that is located within the boundaries of Interstate 495."

"If Mister Ashcroft wants to incarcerate an American citizen for simply reading scripture on a public sidewalk, I would find that most troubling, particularly in today's climate, where America is facing terrorist attack," he said Tuesday, during an interview with CNSNews.com.

Rev. Mahoney faces a possible six-month jail sentence for violating the court order.

Mahoney is a well-known Christian social and political activist, in addition to being an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He resides in Washington D.C. with is wife and three daughters. Rev. Mahoney is well known for his many protests and activism projects he has done in the past, including sleeping in a newspaper dumpster to draw attention to the plight of homelessness. He is also a renowned pro-life activist.

 

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arrested for praying, reading Bible 
in front of DC abortion clinic
By Daniel S. McClintock

http://www.cpinews.net/
June 21, 2002

Reverend Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was arrested in Washington D.C. last Friday after praying and reading the Bible to close to an abortion clinic. 

United States Attorney General John Ashcroft was granted a federal injunction against not only Rev. Mahoney, but also several other pro-life activists this January. The order, which was issued just as hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion protestors arrived in Washington D.C. for the March of Life, make it illegal for pro-life demonstrators to protest against abortion within 20 feet of an abortion clinic.

Ashcroft is not the first to have made this order. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno brought about the same injunction during the Clinton administration, but it was thrown down.

CPI Investigators have obtained a copy of the order, in which it states: "[B]uffer zones are necessary to ensure that people and vehicles trying to enter or exit the clinic...can do so. The record shows that protestors purposefully or effectively blocked or hindered people from entering and exiting the clinic doorways. Based on this conduct. . . the District Court was entitled to conclude that the only way to ensure access was to move back the demonstrations..." Schenck 519 U.S. at 380.

The injunction said that the defendants (which included Rev. Mahoney) were permanently enjoined from the following acts:

"Intentionally standing, sitting, lying, or kneeling in front of entrances to any facility where abortions are performed, or otherwise physically blockading or obstructing access to such facilities, located within the boundaries of Interstate 495, popularly known as the Capital Beltway;

"Intentionally, attempting, inducing, directing, aiding, or abetting in any manner, others to take any of the actions described in paragraph above;

"Intentionally coming within a twenty-foot radius of any facility where abortions are performed that is located within the boundaries of Interstate 495."

"If Mister Ashcroft wants to incarcerate an American citizen for simply reading scripture on a public sidewalk, I would find that most troubling, particularly in today's climate, where America is facing terrorist attack," he said Tuesday, during an interview with CNSNews.com.

Rev. Mahoney faces a possible six-month jail sentence for violating the court order.

Mahoney is a well-known Christian social and political activist, in addition to being an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He resides in Washington D.C. with is wife and three daughters. Rev. Mahoney is well known for his many protests and activism projects he has done in the past, including sleeping in a newspaper dumpster to draw attention to the plight of homelessness. He is also a renowned pro-life activist.
 

  Operation Rescue: Boston    P.O. Box 870037    Milton Village, MA 02187-0037
William Cotter, President
  
E-mail the Boston Rescuer