June 4, 2020

Pro-life Women Arrested Outside New York City Planned Parenthood

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On May 30, Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes stood outside the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Clinic in New York City, New York to counsel women coming to the clinic to get abortions. They had done this many times before, but this time, police punished their activism by arresting them.

Planned Parenthood clinic employees called the police, and when they arrived they told the activists that they needed to leave because they were violating social distancing guidelines. When they told the police they intended to stay and speak with the people coming to have abortions, the police arrested them.

Beatty told Live Action News, “[Planned Parenthood is] not following social distancing, mind you — the person I’m standing with I actually live with so we don’t need to follow social distancing. But the police were saying we were violating social distancing and the only ones that are supposed to be there are the ones that work there. And we told them we’re not moving because it’s a public sidewalk and we have a right to be there. They could be there because they work for Planned Parenthood, but we work for Jesus so as long as this is a public sidewalk, we can be here.”

Beatty also told Live Action News she was frustrated that New York police weren't arresting looters for stealing, but arrested the two women for peacefully standing outside an abortion clinic.