Planned Parenthood Protester In Maine Sued For Yelling Outside Parenting Clinic
Police authorities gave him a warning to keep his voice down after his fiery pro-life sermon in front of the Portland Planned Parenthood Clinic last month. However, on Tuesday, Bryan Ingalls, 26, was finally sued by a lawyer for allegedly disturbing patients in the abortion clinic from getting health services they want.
In the lawsuit filed by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills on Tuesday, Ingalls is said to have violated Maine's Civil Rights Act with his loud and noisy statements in front of the New England clinic in Portland, Washington Post reported.
All patients have the right to receive medical services free of 'the cacophony of political protests,' in the words of the United States Supreme Court. While protestors [sic] have every right to say anything they want in a public area in the vicinity of a medical facility, they are not permitted to disrupt another citizen's health care services," Mills told the publication.
The lawsuit further said that Ingalls violated the Civil Rights Act by hindering patients from receiving health care services inside the clinic comfortably with his 'cacophony of political protests.'
Previously, Pro-Life Missionaries of Maine, activists who aired strong protests against the 'Killing Center', posted a video on Youtube showing Ingalls in his previous speech on October 23.
Don't continue in your sin. Look to Jesus for forgiveness; look to Jesus for reconciling you to the Father so that the Father will wrap you in his embrace," Ingalls said in the Youtube video.
Ingalls has not commented yet about the lawsuit against him with only his attorney giving a statement to CNS News saying that the complaint regarding Ingall's violation in holding protests beyond buffer zones is 'baseless.'
"They're trying to claim that it's some kind of safety concern that he was preaching the Bible on a public sidewalk. Just completely meritless," Kuenzig said.
For now, the lawsuit will prevent the regular protester from being within 50 feet (15 m) of the facility, Charisma News said.
Authorities also asked Ingalls to pay a fine of $5,000.