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Free Speech Rights
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives you the right to free speech.
Holding signs is free speech activity protected by the 1st amendment.
Handing out literature is free speech protected by the 1st Amendment (Lovell v. City of Griffen, Ga. (1938) 303 U.S. 444, 452 and Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York (1997) 519 U.S. 357, 377)
Public sidewalks are public forums where you may exercise your right to speak freely. (United States v. Grace (1983) 461 U.S. 171 [103 S.Ct. 1702,75 L.Ed.2d. 736]).
The government may place reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on free speech in public forums, BUT the restrictions must pass strict scrutiny. Any such regulations must be “narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open ample alternative channels of communication.” (Perry Ed Ass’n v. Perry Local Educator’s Ass’n (1983) 460 U.S. 37, 45.)
Responding to conflict
Always maintain a Christ-like attitude. Be polite and courteous to clinic security and law enforcement. Try to reach an amicable solution. Accommodate reasonable requests... but don’t be afraid to stand up when need be.
Ask what law am I violating? Call an attorney for help. Don’t hesitate to converse with law enforcement. Sometimes the police are wrong and need to have the constitutional issues explained to them.
***call an attorney for back up if you are in a volatile situation