January 15, 2013 — The Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit accusing an antiabortion-rights protester of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act during an incident at a Louisville, Ky., abortion clinic three years ago, the AP/WSLS reports (AP/WSLS, 1/11).
Congress enacted the FACE Act in 1994 in response to murders by antiabortion-rights activists.
DOJ in the suit alleged that 26-year-old David Hamilton attempted to interfere, injure and intimidate women entering EMW Women's Surgical Center. The suit also alleged that Hamilton used force against a volunteer escort. According to a police report of the incident, Hamilton was "pushing and shoving clinic escorts," which alarmed people trying to enter the clinic (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/23/10).
Hamilton has agreed to pay the clinic escort $2,500 in compensatory damages (AP/WSLS, 1/11).
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