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Join NOW Activists Outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 4 to Rally Against Anti-Abortion Violence!
On December 4, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in NOW v. Scheidler, the case that won the first-ever nationwide injunction against anti-abortion violence. NOW activists and supporters will rally in front of the Supreme Court. Please join us to show your opposition to the violent tactics employed by anti-abortion groups and to express your support for NOW and non-violent free speech.
Date: December 4, 2002
Time: 8:30 AM
Place: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. (one block from Constitution Ave. and First St. NE and three blocks uphill from the Capitol South Metro stop on the blue and orange lines)
NOW and abortion providers filed the suit to protect health care workers and women entering abortion clinics from violence coordinated and approved by the Pro-Life Action Network, its leader Joe Scheidler, Operation Rescue and others. The Court will review the district court's issuance of an injunction forbidding Scheidler and the other defendants from further violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Despite a deluge of inaccurate news reports and false claims by the defendants, NOW v. Scheidler is only about whether courts are permitted to prohibit violence and in no way seeks to limit peaceful protest on any issue. This lawsuit is about the coordinated use of fear, force and violence aimed at the clinics and the women who use them. It is not about lawful speech, which is why the Supreme Court declined to hear the First Amendment issue raised by Scheidler. Violence is not free speech, as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals noted in its October 2001 decision.
For more information about NOW v. Scheidler, visit NOW's website:
You can also listen to a taped broadcast of NOW President Kim Gandy discussing the NOW v. Scheidler case on the NPR show "Justice Talking":
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