Charter School Supports Planned Parenthood, Tries to Silence Child Advocates


Washington, DC — Late yesterday, Liberty Counsel filed an Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation) motion to dismiss the lawsuit of Two Rivers Public Charter School against our client, veteran pro-life advocate Larry Cirignano. Two Rivers sued Cirignano and others for demonstrating against the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility between the school’s elementary and middle school buildings in Washington, D.C. The school claimed Cirignano’s presentation of the truth about Planned Parenthood’s activities caused “emotional distress” and was a “nuisance” to the school.

“This is another case where the wrong people are the target. Instead of looking at the pain and death that will be perpetrated by Planned Parenthood right in the midst of its own school buildings, the school is trying to silence the courageous advocates trying to protect children and women,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Staver told the court, “Cirignano’s purpose was to exercise his right of advocacy on issues of public interest: the construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility and Planned Parenthood’s practice of killing innocent children in the womb.” Staver continued, “The goals of his expressive activities were to advocate against Planned Parenthood and the killing of innocent children by the practice of abortion, to inform the community surrounding the new facility of the record and practices of Planned Parenthood, and to encourage the community to likewise advocate against Planned Parenthood.” Staver concluded, “Cirignano never trespassed on private property or otherwise broke any laws.”

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