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Abortion foe seeks dismissal of Maine case for protesting too loudly


Abortion foe seeks dismissal of Maine case for protesting too loudly
Press Herald

Lawyers made their first arguments Friday in an unprecedented case in Maine that pits the free speech rights of a loud anti-abortion protester against the rights of women to receive health care in a facility free of excessive noise from outside.An attorney for the protester, Brian Ingalls of Lisbon, sought at Friday’s hearing in the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland to have the lawsuit dismissed before any evidence is presented, on grounds that Ingalls’ right to preach under federal law outweighs the rights of women under state law to safe and effective health care.Brian Ingalls, an abortion protester who is being sued by the state Attorney General’s Office, appears in Cumberland County Court on Friday. Derek Davis/Staff PhotographerThe Maine Attorney General’s Office filed the lawsuit last November seeking to enforce a section of state law for the first time to ban Ingalls, 26, from coming within 50 feet of Planned Parenthood’s facility at 443 Congress St.

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