Sidewalk Advocates ready to sue in abortion fight

September 22, 2018 06:50 PM

Sidewalk Advocates are promising to keep up their fight in Rochester's latest showdown over abortion.

Members of Sidewalk Advocates for Life say they're ready to sue now that the State Attorney General's Office, and the city plan to ban them from public sidewalks.

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The city says it plans to enforce a court order from more than ten years ago against the group Operation Rescue which held confrontational protests and sometimes blocked access to abortion clinics.

The sidewalk advocates say that order is against someone else entirely and shouldn't apply to them.  

"There is a lot of people out there who give us a bad rap. People who stand in front of abortion clinics,  protesters they yell. We are not protesters . We are a resource for women to help them, to give them resources," said Dorina Hayes of Sidewalk Advocates for Life.   

Jim Havens of Sidewalk Advocates for Life continued that sentiment, "we never block access to the abortion facility. We never go on planned parenthood's property. But what we do is we try to effectively reach out, invite people over, give them the full information, know that…let them know that we're going to be there for them and support them."

A statement from Planned Parenthood says, "we want patients to feel safe, have unobstructed access to health care and have the right to confidentiality."

Members of the Sidewalk Advocates say they'll obey the order as they fight it in court.


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