Minneapolis Bans Pro-Life Activists From Sections Of Public Sidewalks

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Anti-abortion activists hold a moment of prayer during a protest outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for defunding and replacing of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC for the annual March For Life. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Minneapolis City Council adopted an ordinance Thursday that will prohibit pro-life sidewalk counselors from being on sections of public sidewalks.
  • “We believe this proposal is unconstitutional and want to express our opposition as we prepare to challenge it should it go into effect,” Thomas Wilkin, Pro-Life Action Ministries’ sidewalk counseling manager, wrote in an email.
  • The ordinance states that “occupying” driveways of abortion facilities will be prohibited. It defines a driveway as “that portion of a right-of-way, including a sidewalk or bikeway, that provides vehicular access from a street to a reproductive health care facility.”

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