Pro-Life Groups May Sue Over Abortion Protest Limits at Democratic Convention
by Steven Ertelt
July 22, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — During the Democratic convention, pro-life groups have asked Denver officials to give them a commitment to conduct a prayer vigil at the Pepsi Center before the event. Because they haven’t received assurances the event will go on unhindered they are considering filing a lawsuit this week.
The groups, including the Christian Defense Coalition, Survivors, Operation Rescue and others, sent a letter to City Attorney David Fine threatening a lawsuit if they don’t receive a response by Friday.
The event calls for encircling the Pepsi Center, a large stadium used for sporting events, with hundreds of Christians.
They would be "kneeling in prayer around the Pepsi Center and leaving roses to remember the children that have died from abortion and the women that have been bruised and diminished" the letter says.
"We would also be praying for Senator Obama to stand for human rights and social justice and end this tragic war against America’s children," the letter says.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, who authored the letter on behalf of the groups said he hasn’t heard from Fine about the event and considers the delay a limit on the groups’ free speech.
"This delay is creating a major hardship for us and also limiting our ability to peacefully plan to exercise our First Amendment rights on the streets of Denver during the DNC," Mahoney said.
During the event the group would leave 1,400 roses to honor the children who have died from abortion. The number is equal to the number of African-American children that die every day in America from abortion.
"We have been working with the City of Denver since September of 2007 to hold this prayer vigil outside of the Pepsi Center," Mahoney told LifeNews.com. "After almost a year of discussions, we still do not have a firm commitment from them that we will be able to peacefully gather in prayer at the Pepsi Center."
"We hope we do not have to go into federal court to settle this matter, but we certainly will do so if we cannot reach an agreement with the City," he concluded.
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