Friday, August 27, 2021

2nd Circuit Upholds Denial Of Preliminary Injunction Against Abortion Protesters

In New York ex rel. James v. Griepp, (2d Cir., Aug. 26, 2021), the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a New York federal district court's refusal to grant a preliminary injunction against anti-abortion protesters who had been clashing with volunteer clinic escorts outside a Queens medical center. The decision came after the court earlier vacated its prior opinion in the case. (See prior posting.) The 2nd Circuit now said in part:

[T]he district court concluded that the Attorney General had not demonstrated irreparable harm. Some members of this Court might have reached different conclusions, both as to the existence of violations and as to the appropriateness of a preliminary injunction. But many of the issues are close ones, and we cannot say that the district court abused its considerable discretion in denying a preliminary injunction....

Liberty Counsel issued a press release announcing the decision.