Two pro-life groups are suing Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser after the city sent police to prevent the group from chalking a slogan on a street, even though "Black Lives Matter" and "Defund the Police" murals in permanent paint were permitted on other streets.
According to the lawsuit, the groups were prompted to paint their own message on a street after the city in June commissioned a 35-foot-tall "Black Lives Matter" mural that stretches two blocks. Shortly after the mural's completion, another one reading "Defund the Police" was painted on another street.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative law group representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, argued that Washington violated the First Amendment by simultaneously promoting speech it liked and suppressing speech it didn't.
"The government can't discriminate against certain viewpoints by allowing some voices to be heard while silencing others," said ADF legal counsel Elissa Graves. "Because of the city’s actions, Frederick Douglass Foundation and Students for Life of America weren't able to participate in the public square as other groups have. The First Amendment prohibits the government from picking and choosing whose speech to allow."
"A group of students were arrested for writing 'Black Preborn Lives Matter' outside a DC Planned Parenthood clinic," said Pence at a church in Florida. "I mean, the radical left celebrates those who defend abortion, but they would prosecute those who stand for life."