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Pro-life sidewalk demonstrators lose challenge to disturbing-the-peace ordinance

March 06, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: The US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a city ordinance in Norman (Oklahoma) against disturbing the peace. The ordinance, which dates from the early 1970s, has been used against pro-life demonstrators outside an abortion clinic.

“Appellants failed to furnish evidence that the ordinance is content-based, infected with religious animus, or enforced unconstitutionally,” the court ruled. “In fact, the record reveals the opposite: Norman police officers enforced the ordinance only when the demonstrators’ speech became so loud or unusual that it breached the peace.”

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