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A district court judge ruled that two pro-life activists, a father and a daughter, have the right to protest outside of an Ohio-based abortion clinic.
Last August, Calvin Zastrow and his daughter, Corrie, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against the city of Toledo, its police chief and two officers over being stopped from holding demonstrations outside an abortion clinic.
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Judge James G. Carr issued a consent judgment and order on Tuesday in favor of the Zastrow family, concluding that the pro-life activists can engage in “non-obstructive, expressive activity” when demonstrating against the clinic.
“The parties agree that the term ‘non-obstructive, expressive activity’ means activity protected by the First Amendment that does not physically prevent a pedestrian from using a public sidewalk or other public way or that does not physically impede a vehicle from traveling on a public road or street,” wrote Judge Carr.
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“This does not mean that the person or persons engaging in the First Amendment activity must be moving all the time. Additionally, the First Amendment activity is not ‘obstructive’ because a pedestrian might have to walk around the person engaging in the expressive activity.”
As part of the order, the defendants will also pay the American Freedom Law Center, which represented the Zastrow family, $7,500 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
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