Pro-life group wins settlement against Greensboro after engaging in peaceful advocacy | Eastern North Carolina Now | ADF attorneys represent members of Love Life, who also won favorable settlement against Guilford County

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    GREENSBORO, N.C.     In settlement of a lawsuit that Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of several pro-life citizens who were arrested for engaging in peaceful prayer and sidewalk counseling outside an abortion facility, Greensboro city officials admitted that the pro-life citizens were cited for their "exercise of constitutionally protected First Amendment rights."

    As part of the settlement, the city agreed that the First Amendment protects engaging in pro-life advocacy on public sidewalks and further agreed to uphold citizens' First Amendment rights in any future proclamation order related to a public-health emergency like COVID-19. Based on the city's admission of wrongdoing and guarantees of future protections, the pro-life advocates-members of the Christian, pro-life ministry Love Life-agreed to forgo seeking damages from the city. The Love Life members include Justin Reeder, Carl Ubinas, Jason Oesterreich, Isaiah Burner, Andre Gonzalez, Leroy Stokes, Jr., Richard Whittier, and Jon McAtee. In light of the settlement, ADF attorneys filed a joint stipulation of dismissal Friday in the case, Global Impact Ministries v. City of Greensboro. Guilford County settled its portion of the lawsuit in February.

    Full news release, quotes, and related media resources available at the following link:

    Case Name: Global Impact Ministries v. City of Greensboro

    Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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