On Monday, attorneys for the Thomas More Law Center asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against famed photographer Angela Braxton by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Braxton is a client of Thomas More Law Center: a public interest law firm based in Michigan.
Braxton is a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A photograph of her with a group of fellow survivors currently hangs in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Braxton is being sued by the New York Attorney General, who alleges that she and fellow pro-life advocates harassed and intimidated women at the entrance of an abortion facility, Choices Women’s Medical Center, in Jamaica, New York. Schneiderman petitioned the Court to create a sixteen-foot buffer zone around the abortion provider, as well as levy fines, attorney fees, and compensatory damages against the defendants.
The attack on the World Trade Center proved to be a life-changing experience for Braxton. looking back on that fateful day, Braxton recalled:
“I went about my daily business. I never thought about where I would spend eternity or if this would be my last day. Twenty-four hours later I begged a God I did not love, did not thank, did not think about, did not serve nor bring glory to, not to let me die.”
She did not die, and a few years later she fully committed herself to a Christian life and the pro-life cause.
In a news release, Jay Combs, the Thomas More Law Center attorney handling the matter, was quoted, "The Attorney General of New York, by his own admission, is so driven by the pro-abortion agenda that he recounted at his press conference announcing the lawsuit that he dropped out of school at 17 years of age to work at an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. Now, as New York’s Attorney General, he has chosen to bring the full weight of his office to persecute pro-life advocates."
Saying that Braxton is a peaceful sidewalk counselor who speaks compassionately to women approaching the abortion provider, Combs said, "After years of investigation, the Attorney General’s lawsuit against Angela Braxton could not name a single person who was ever harassed. This is because it simply did not happen.”
According to the Thomas More Law Center, Attorney General Schneiderman, rather than defending Braxton's First Amendment rights, chose to direct himself at what he called “a sense of entitlement by protesters to run their mouth.” The statement from the law firm opined: "This chilling statement shows that the New York Attorney General is so blinded by his desire to see abortions performed that he has forgotten that the 'entitlement' to speak on behalf of the lives of unborn children is a constitutional right protected by the First Amendment."
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.