Sunday, September 17, 2006

Anti-abortion Group Unmuzzled in SC

We read:

"The city of Florence has decided to pay an anti-abortion group $51,000 to settle a lawsuit over whether the group needed a permit for a protest four years ago. 'We decided rather than go on and fight this thing in court to settle it since we weren't enforcing it anyway,' City Manager David Williams said.

The 30-member group Columbia Christians for Life was in Florence in August 2002 to start a statewide tour protesting abortion. Five of its members were arrested. Before the protest, city officials told the group they had to apply for a parade permit.

The city decided to pay the group $51,000 to settle the suit because similar ordinances had been ruled unconstitutional in Charleston and Travelers Rest, Williams said."


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