A pro-life advocate who has been protesting the construction of a new abortion clinic next to two schools in Washington D.C. asked a court this weekend to dismiss a legal complaint against him.
The Liberty Counsel filed the motion on behalf of veteran pro-lifer Larry Cirignano who has been peacefully, lawfully protesting at the construction site where a new Planned Parenthood facility is being built, according to a press release from the legal group.
In December, Two Rivers Public Charter School, which is located next to the new abortion facility, sued Cirignano and other pro-lifers, alleging that they are harassing students in their efforts to stop construction of the new “flagship” Planned Parenthood abortion facility.
“This lawsuit is outrageous,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “It is shocking that a school entrusted with the care of young children would want an abortion clinic adjacent to its property.
“Planned Parenthood is brass to construct a death camp beside an elementary and middle school. Parents should be forewarned of the dangers which lurk behind the four walls. School officials should be ashamed for trying to hide the clinic from the parents and the public. Our client will not be intimated and deterred in the exercise of his freedom of speech,” Staver continued.
The legal group said Cirignano never trespassed on school property or broke any laws; he has been peacefully informing the public of the abortion clinic sandwiched in between the two schools. The group contends that the school is seeking to silence pro-lifers and suppress information about the abortion facility.
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When Two Rivers filed the lawsuit, school administrators said they want to protect their students.
“We are a diverse community with different viewpoints on the issue,” Jessica Wodatch, the school’s executive director, told families in a letter. “Our students are caught up in a controversy that is not about them — our goal is to allow them safe passage to school.”
The pro-lifers are not the only ones who are opposed to the new abortion clinic setting up shop next to the schools. Recently, a subcontractor walked off the site after learning that it was an abortion clinic.
Several parents also have voiced their concerns about the abortion facility moving in directly next to the elementary school and across from a middle school, LifeNews previously reported.
Two Rivers parent Jonathan Owen asked: “Does anyone really believe placing a Planned Parenthood facility literally between two schools is a wise decision for the safety of our children? Protests at abortion facilities are very heated, personal, and can turn physically violent.” He added that the new abortion clinic will stir high emotions, especially for those who have children at Two Rivers and are pro-life.
Of course, Planned Parenthood believes its clinic will do just fine with the schools close by. Its president and chief executive, Laura Meyers, said Planned Parenthood has other clinics located near schools in other parts of the country and they “enjoy a strong partnership.” She even mentioned that their “educators” work with many middle and high schools to teach kids on “reproductive health.”
However, parents have indicated in the past that they don’t want Planned Parenthood teaching their children about sex because their materials are often inappropriate for children. In 2014, Live Action release a video of Planned Parenthood employees telling girls that “stop,” really doesn’t always mean, “stop” and encouraging young teen females to participate in sado-masochistic sexual activities, including gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores and viewing pornography.
Additionally, the abortion giant has published multiple “resources” for children and teenagers about sexual activity. These materials claim to provide “age appropriate” sex education to children starting at age 4. Planned Parenthood justifies starting sex-education at such a young age by stating, “Ideally, medical accurate sexuality education would be taught each year in our schools from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.”