ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: Federal Court Sets Hearing on the ACLU of Georgia’s Lawsuit Against State Capitol Police for Violating First Amendment Rights of Citizens Protesting The Proposed Abortion Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2019
Media contact : Ana Maria Rosato media@acluga.org

WHAT

Press Conference on the matter of Rubin v Young, et al.  

The ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the State Capitol Police for ordering two citizens to remove buttons expressing opposition to HB 481, the proposed abortion ban, in violation of their First Amendment right to wear expressive clothing. The buttons read “Don’t Fuck With Us, Don’t Fuck Without Us,” followed by a logo of a prominent reproductive healthcare provider. The message tells lawmakers to refrain from interfering with women’s healthcare decisions and to remind everyone to practice responsible sex.

WHERE

United States Courthouse

Courtroom 1907

75 Spring Street, S.W.

Atlanta Georgia

 

WHEN

Thursday, March 14, 2019

After the court hearing which is at 9:30a.m.  

 

WHO

Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia
Sean J. Young, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia 

WHY

The lawsuit asks the court for immediate relief to allow protesters to wear these buttons to the next scheduled hearing on HB 481, which is on Thursday, March 14, 2019, as well as an injunction to prohibit any further restrictions on this button.

 

QUOTE

“The First Amendment protects every constituent’s right to wear clothing expressing their opinions to their elected officials,” stated Sean J. Young, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia. “This right is particularly important in the halls of the State Capitol Building, which is the seat of democracy in Georgia.”

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