Pro-life activists with Students for Life of America painted "black preborn lives matter" outside a Baltimore Planned Parenthood facility.
Although police officers were on the scene, they did not arrest anyone or order anyone to leave the area. The officers were also given "black preborn lives matter" shirts, with which they posed for a photo.
Before the painting on Saturday morning, SFLA sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young requesting a permit for the event. The permit for the event was neither granted nor denied, a SFLA spokesperson told media. The letter pointed out that Baltimore officials had allowed other political messages.
"City officials intervened to allow a Black Lives Matter artwork to continue to be displayed. We ask that our message of hope and a future – BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER – receive the same support and respect in Baltimore. We are asking you, Mayor Young, to respond promptly to our permit with permission to add our message in favor of the dignity of Black preborn life to the public forum of the city streets, which you have opened to others," the letter said.
The letter called for Baltimore officials to allow the pro-life activists to paint their message.
"Your original decision to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on the street may very well be government speech. However, your decision to allow private citizens to paint additional messages such as 'Defund the Police' and 'Black Trans Lives Matter' and to intervene on behalf of a public display of another's speech indicates that public areas are now an open forum for free speech. You are not permitted to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint in making determinations relating to public assemblies in public fora. The message of the preborn will not be silenced."
? The painting follows a similar event in Washington, D.C., that resulted in two members of SFLA being arrested for chalking pro-life messages on a walkway outside of a Planned Parenthood. SFLA said that "legal action is underway" regarding the Washington, D.C., event.