Pro-life lawyers shredding Department of Justice

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Congress purposefully excluded abortion clinic escorts from Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act protections, attorneys for pro-life father Mark Houck argued in a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Former Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009, was the chief sponsor of the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Thomas More Society documents filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania quote the deceased senator stating that abortion clinic escorts are excluded from FACE Act protections since they operate outside, rather than inside, of an abortion clinic.

Lawmakers spent time negotiating a bipartisan amendment specifically to block abortion clinic escorts from bringing a private cause of action, the lawsuit said.

“By defining ‘aggrieved person’ in this way, was it your intention to exclude clinic escorts or so-called clinic defenders?” former Republican Minnesota Sen. David Durenberger asked …

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