Like other lies, this one worked for them while they got away with it.

Washington city officials have admitted that the sidewalk outside of a Planned Parenthood abortuary is in fact public property, not private property as Planned Parenthood had claimed.  The city has therefore retreated from its threat to arrest as a trespasser anyone who prays on the sidewalk.

But not before arresting someone under this bogus property claim.

On June 8, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, was arrested while praying and reading the Bible within this area.

Jim Henderson of the American Center for Law and Justice told LSN at the time that Planned Parenthood’s claim was false.  He said that District of Columbia owns everything within 50 feet of the curb face on the street–practically up to the front doors of the Planned Parenthood.


Pro-lifers have prayed and counseled for years on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood,

so it wasn’t even a disputed property issue…

but earlier this year Planned Parenthood built a fence around the yard and put up signs claiming that the area was private property.

And voila, it becomes private property. How convenient. So at this point I’m wondering….when Planned Parenthood suddenly puts up this fence and makes a new claim about the property, the city didn’t question, investigate or even check that?

No, this is Washington, and that would have been too obvious.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....