by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – An organization called The Church at Planned Parenthood has agreed to pay a settlement of $960,00 in legal fees and damages for conducting what it described as “worship services at the gates of Hell” at a local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Washington state, the Christian Post (CP) reports.
Planned Parenthood sued the Church at Planned Parenthood, a group that was organized by Covenant Church, for harassment and intimidation of women seeking abortions at the clinic, CP reports.
“Staff were forced to shuttle patients between offices, and patients sometimes chose not to follow through with their appointments, rather than run through the gauntlet of armed protestors blocking their way,” the Seattle-based law firm Legal Voice, representing Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.
“This puts anti-choice extremists on notice: Legal Voice and our allies will hold them accountable. We will vigorously pursue every dollar owed to our clients to ensure anti-choice harassers actually pay for their illegal actions. We will make sure their actions are seen for what they are: crimes,” the Legal Voice statement added.
Responding to the outcome of the case, the leader of the defendant church Pastor Ken Peters wrote in a Facebook post: “Planned Parenthood Sues our little church for Peaceful Assembly, and it costs Christians $850,000 for mostly corrupt Lawyer’s Fees … We have to do 7 pm instead of 6 pm, and go across the street. $850k over one hour and across the street. Wow. That’s a lot of money they stole from the Kingdom over one hour. We are restarting again on March 14 at 7 pm. See you there, Pacific NW. It ain’t over.”
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