New York Sues Pro-Life Activists for Harassing Staff and Patients at Planned Parenthood Clinic

In this file photo, NYPD officers attempt to detain a protester who defaced with black paint the Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. July 18, 2020. (Yuki Iwamura/AP)

Attorney General Letitia James is aiming to muzzle two protesters who routinely harass women entering a Planned Parenthood clinic on Bleecker St. in NoHo.

A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks a court order blocking Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes from violating clinic access laws with “obstructive, threatening, harassing and violent activity.” The pair of pro-lifers grabbed headlines over the summer after they were busted splashing paint on the “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street in front of Trump Tower.

The duo, who live together on Staten Island, have for two years impeded women from entering the clinic and got in their faces, even during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

“Let me be very clear: no person, no business and no government body has the right to deny or limit a woman’s access to an abortion, and I will continue to do everything within my legal power to support the reproductive rights of women,” James said.

Beatty welcomed the lawsuit.

“Any accusation against me stopping women from accessing their health care is a lie from the pit of hell,” she said.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Stephen Rex Brown

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