Police Allow Pro-Lifers to Paint ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ Outside Baltimore Planned Parenthood

Baltimore police officers pose with pro-lifers, who pained “black preborn lives matter” outside a Planned Parenthood facility, 9/5/20 | Students for Life of America/Kevin Feliciano

The following news article was authored by John Wesley Reid and was published in the Christian Post.

At 5 a.m. on Saturday, pro-lifers in Baltimore and with Students for Life of America gathered to paint “black preborn lives matter,” covering the street with the large letters outside of a Planned Parenthood facility. The group called it a “success” after no arrests were made.

Police officers arrived on scene during the painting process on N. Howard St. in Baltimore. While they contacted the supervisor of the event to get more information, they did not arrest anyone or order anyone to vacate the area.

The officers were given shirts with “black preborn lives matter” printed on them, which they posed with for a photo.

During a similar pro-life painting event last month in Washington, D.C., two members of the SFLA community were arrested for using sidewalk chalk on a walkway outside of a Planned Parenthood. The chalk they were using had been approved by D.C. Metropolitan Police department before and the area they were drawing on was not Planned Parenthood property.

SFLA said “legal action is underway” regarding the Washington arrests.

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Before Saturday, SFLA sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young requesting a permit for the event. The permit was never granted or denied, an SFLA spokesperson told The Christian Post. The letter addressed other paintings of expression supported by Mayor Young and demanded that the same permission be granted for SFLA.

“City officials intervened to allow a Black Lives Matter artwork to continue to be displayed. We ask that our message of hope and a future – BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER – receive the same support and respect in Baltimore. We are asking you, Mayor Young, to respond promptly to our permit with permission to add our message in favor of the dignity of Black preborn life to the public forum of the city streets, which you have opened to others,” the letter stated.

The letter further suggested that to allow some forms of protected speech and not others is unmerited discrimination:

“You must allow SFLA and FDF to paint its BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER message. Your original decision to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the street may very well be government speech. However, your decision to allow private citizens to paint additional messages such as ‘Defund the Police’ and ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ and to intervene on behalf of a public display of another’s speech indicates that public areas are now an open forum for free speech. You are not permitted to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint in making determinations relating to public assemblies in public fora. The message of the preborn will not be silenced.”

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DC Police Arrested Just 4 People During Riots, But Arrest Two Pro-Life Students for Chalking “Black Pre-born Lives Matter”

Both advocacy groups sent letter on July 20 to Mayor Muriel Bowser requesting permission to paint the words “Black Pre-Born Lives Matter”

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The following news article was authored by Mary Margaret Olohan of The Daily Caller.  It’s been republished by Life News.

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested four people for defacing property throughout almost two months of rioting in the District of Columbia, but arrested two pro-lifers for writing “black pre-born lives matter” in chalk Saturday.

MPD spokeswoman Alaina Gertz confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation Monday that only four people had been arrested for defacing private/public property during protests and riots in late May, June and most of July — numbers reflected in the MPD’s “Unrest-Related Arrest Data” between May 30 and July 17.

According to the dataset: “An arrest was considered ‘unrest-related’ if it was a curfew violation where a person refused to return home despite receiving a warning, and/or if the person committed another arrestable offense in a public space or due to unlawful entry of a private space, co-located with or near in time or place to demonstrations going on in the city at the time, and appearing clearly or likely linked to the civil unrest in the city.”

The four people arrested for defacing property, according to MPD data, were 24-year-old Henry Chen, arrested May 30, 18-year-old Raphael Snead, arrested May 31, 18-year-old Kayla Cureton, arrested June 8, and 27-year-old Tayvon Turner, arrested July 7.

MPD then arrested two members of the Students for Life of America group Saturday morning for chalking pro-life sentiments, including the slogan “Preborn Black Lives Matter,” on the road in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

Gertz told the DCNF that the Students for Life members were arrested for “defacing of private/public property” and were later “both citation released.”

Police arrested both 29-year-old Warner DePriest, a strategic partnerships advisor to the group, and 22-year-old student leader Erica Caporaletti, Students for Life spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick told the DCNF. Hamrick said that six police cars were waiting at the clinic when the pro-lifers arrived.

“The fact that two Students for Life of America students were arrested for chalking BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER shows that government officials are practicing viewpoint discrimination to unconstitutionally block pro-life American’s Free Speech rights,” Students for Life Executive Director Kristan Hawkins told the DCNF. “If you open the door to free speech on the city streets to one group, you can’t shut it to others.”

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