Pro-life activists vow lawsuit after members were arrested for chalking “black pre-born lives matter” on sidewalk

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 5th, 2020 1:21 pm

Last Updated Aug 6th, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Pro-life activists who were arrested for chalking "black pre-born lives matter" on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood building in Washington, D.C., have vowed to sue the city and its mayor.

Students for Life of America, the self-proclaimed largest pro-life student organization in the country, said it plans to sue the city of D.C. and Mayor Muriel Bowser for violating the group's First Amendment rights.

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins addressed Bowser directly in a blog post Saturday.

"Well, Mayor Bowser, you're about to get WOKE on Planned Parenthood's racist past and present. You're about to get WOKE on the violence of abortion. You're about to get WOKE on the FIRST AMENDMENT," Hawkins wrote. "The next place Mayor Bowser will see us will be in the court room. Because Students for Life will sue the city of Washington, D.C., for violating our First Amendment rights to free speech and expression today."

According to reports, the activists had obtained permits to paint "Black Pre-born Lives Matter" on the street prior to their demonstration. When they arrived Saturday at 10 a.m., however, six police vehicles were waiting for them.

After police told the group they were not allowed to use temporary paint for the mural, they asked law enforcement if chalk could be used instead. Police told the activists they would still face arrest if they used chalk.

The pro-lifers proceeded to write on the sidewalk in chalk and were placed under arrest.


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