Jacksonville will revise rules after abortion foes sue

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Submitted: Wed, 11/23/2011 - 4:31pm
Updated: Wed, 11/23/2011 - 5:12pm

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — The city of Jacksonville will change its rules on public demonstrations to resolve a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion protesters who say their free-speech rights are violated by the current ordinance.

The decision comes after a Monday ruling by US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle granting a temporary injunction against the ordinance.

City spokesman Glenn Hargett told The Daily News of Jacksonville that the current ordinance will be revised. The current ordinance requires a police permit for protests that involve three or more people.

City officials had denied the protesters a permit to picket a clinic where abortions are performed, saying the area was unsafe because it lacked sidewalks.

The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit on behalf of protesters and says the decision is a victory for free speech.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  • debbie9879 says:

    No it’s a victory for people with nothing better to do than harrass others. If the anti-abortion people really cared, they would be foster parents, adoptive parents or involved with the big brother/sister programs. These zealots could also financially help a single parent with her or his education, babysitting duties so this single parent could work, continue education, etc. Nope they can’t help someone only complain about a person who doesn’t agree with their beliefs. Where are these zealots when the unwanted child is in poverty and with a parent that is a parent in name only?

  • Guest99x says:

    Typical Republican lack of logic…. they support children up until they are born.

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