Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cert. Petition Filed Challenging Enjoining of Anti-Abortion Church Picketers

On Monday a petition for certiorari (full text) was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Scott v. St. John's Church in the Wilderness. In the case, a Colorado appeals court (full text of opinion) enjoined anti-abortion protesters from engaging in certain kinds of protest activity aimed at a church they believed had gone astray.  The injunction applied during periods from shortly before to shortly after church services. The primary portion of the injunction challenged on appeal prohibits defendants from:
displaying large posters or similar displays depicting gruesome images of mutilated fetuses or dead bodies in a manner reasonably likely to be viewed by children under 12 years of age attending worship services and/or worship-related events at plaintiff church.
A Thomas More Society press release discusses further the certiorari petition. Eugene Volokh, one of the drafters of the cert. petition, discusses it further at Volokh Conspiracy.