Protestors outside of University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Zuckerberg Hospital in San Fransisco were arrested on a public sidewalk last month. They are now being charged with trespassing, even though they never stepped foot on the hospital until after they were arrested.
The organization that the protesters belong to, Pro-Life San Francisco, shared a video that shows protestors being arrested by local authorities and then walked into the hospital. They started chanting in an attempt to draw attention to the hospital’s use of aborted fetuses for publicly funded experimental studies.
Martin Cannon, senior counsel at the Thomas More Society, is representing the executive director of Pro-Life San Francisco, Terrisa Bukovinac. He said, “They arrested her on a sidewalk, basically just for showing up. She did not have a megaphone, she wasn’t calling out at all. She didn’t even have a sign. They arrested her for being within an area.”
The video shows that Bukovianc did not begin chanting until after she was arrested.
“The problem here is that they got arrested, when they made no noise. They got arrested for showing up because the cops are thinking they might make some noise,” Cannon said. “They got arrested anticipatorly.”
“We see governors and mayors and election commissioners, people are just making up new rules. It’s just sort of sweeping the country, and our pro-life people are seeing a lot of it,” Cannon said. “The same people that will let the protesters bash windows and burn buildings and steal everybody’s inventory and call it ‘lawful protest –we can’t do anything,’ will respond where there’s half a dozen pro-lifers on the sidewalk and start building constraints against them.” Cannon added.
Other arrested protesters belong to the organization Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, who are being represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
“Our position is that this is an unlawful arrest, as the pro-lifers were engaged in constitutionally protected speech on a public sidewalk,” Alexandra Snyder, executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, told The Federalist last week. “This appears to be an attempt to suppress the dissemination of information in order to protect UCSF.”