Under the Maine Civil Rights Act, noise that can be heard inside a reproductive health facility like an abortion clinic is punishable—but only if the person making the noise intends to interfere with the delivery of “services” like abortion. Thus, if two groups are standing outside Planned Parenthood, and one group is pleading for the lives of the unborn, while the other group is trying to drown them out with drums and bullhorns, only the pro-lifers could be punished.
The lawsuit was filed by a Maine pastor, Andrew March, whose church pleads for the lives of the unborn. The Boston-based First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the statute, and March’s attorneys have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review it. Pacific Justice Institute joined and co-funded an amicus brief along with fellow pro-life organizations Life Legal Defense Foundation and the Thomas More Society. The brief was authored by affiliate attorney Deborah Dewart of North Carolina.