Pamphlet-bearing pro-lifer exonerated by
A woman arrested during a
pro-life demonstration in Overland Park, Kansas, has had her day in
Alliance Defense Fund attorney
Blomberg explains that Carrie Kafka's case dealt with the fact that
Christians do not get their free-speech rights taken away -- even when
the complaint comes from Planned Parenthood.
"Thankfully, in a situation
city of Overland Park had decided to prosecute my client [Kafka] for
simply offering literature to people who are entering a clinic, the
court found that charge was completely without a base and dismissed
it," says the attorney.
Planned Parenthood had
that Kafka was obstructing traffic entering and leaving the clinic's
parking lot. OneNewsNow asked if Kafka actually did that.
was standing on a sidewalk holding up a pamphlet to vehicles that were
entering Planned Parenthood," Blomberg explains. "Those vehicles could
voluntary choose to stop, and most did not -- but when they did, she
would step out just one or two steps off the sidewalk into the public
easement across the driveway and she would hand them information and
talk to them for a moment."
The pamphlets Kafka was
distributing are designed to convince women seeking an abortion to
choose life for their babies instead.
Without warning, Kafka was
in March by local police for criminal trespass. According to ADF,
security video shows the pro-life activist never entered private
property, never prevented vehicles from entering or exiting the parking
lot -- but in fact, encouraged stopped vehicles to move on when another
car approached from behind.
Contact: Charlie Butts
Date: August 17, 2009
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