New York attorney general prosecutes 2 anti-abortion protesters

New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP

New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against two anti-abortion protesters, accusing them of repeated “obstructive, threatening, harassing and violent activity” at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Manhattan.

In the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, James said Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes had repeatedly blocked patients from entering the clinic in violation of access laws and threatened with violence against patients and the staff.

James’ lawsuit accuses Chavannes of uttering threats and Beatty of physical acts, including pushing and slapping patient escorts as well as slamming an employee’s hand in a door.

The women continued their behavior during the pandemic, without wearing masks, according to the lawsuit.

An email was sent to the women’s website asking for comment.

The lawsuit calls for women to be prevented from demonstrating at a distance from the entrance to the clinic, as well as forcing them to stop using threats or physical intimidation.

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