HB40 - State Abortion Insurance / Public Aid Act House Sponsors: Rep. Sara Feigenholtz Status: Passed the House now moves to the Se...
May 24, 2016
Thomas More Law Center Wins Huge Victory for Free Speech and Unborn Babies Against Planned Parenthood
In a huge victory for free speech and unborn babies, United States District Judge Nancy Torresen, yesterday, issued a preliminary injunction barring the Maine Attorney General and City of Portland police officers from enforcing the Noise Provision of the Maine Civil Rights Act ("Act"). Under the Act, after being warned by a police officer, it is illegal to make noise that can be heard inside an abortion clinic with the intent to interfere with a medical procedure.
In a 35–page opinion and order, Judge Torresen, an Obama appointee, held that the Noise Provision of the Act is content-based because it restricts speech based on its purpose, and therefore, is facially unconstitutional.