Judge Orders Church Holding Services Outside Abortion Clinic to Move Across the Street

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A church operating outside an abortion clinic in Washington state will continue to hold services directly adjacent to the facility after a court order was issued this week and forced it to make changes.

A Washington Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday ordering the Church at Planned Parenthood, a monthly service held outside a Planned Parenthood facility in Spokane organized by Covenant Church, to move its services across the street from the facility and coordinate service times to avoid coinciding with the clinic’s hours of operation.

The ruling comes three months after Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho filed a lawsuit against the church and five of its pastors and leaders accused of “recklessly disrupting the normal functioning of a health care facility by ‘making noise that unreasonably disrupts the piece within the facility.’”

“The court’s decision today recognizes the importance of meaningful access to healthcare for all Washingtonians,” the Planned Parenthood affiliate tweeted in response to the ruling.

The chief executive of the regional Planned Parenthood organization had previously referred to TCAPP worshippers as “bullies who are trying to take away care from young women, men, the LGBTQ community and black, indigenous people of color in Spokane.”

The Church at Planned Parenthood, founded in 2018, describes itself as “a worship service at the gates of Hell” and “a gathering of Christians for the worship of God and the corporate prayer for repentance for this nation, repentance for the apathetic church and repentance of our blood guiltiness in this abortion holocaust.”

TCAPP attorney Tracy Tribbett responded to the court decision by implying that officials at the local Planned Parenthood want to take away their First Amendment rights.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley