AG James sues notorious protesters for harassing women at NYC Planned Parenthood

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Attorney General Letitia James is aiming to muzzle two protesters who routinely harass women entering a Planned Parenthood clinic on Bleecker St.

A civil lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks a court order blocking Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes from violating clinic access laws with “obstructive, threatening, harassing and violent activity.” The pair of pro-lifers grabbed headlines over the summer after they were busted splashing paint on the “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street in front of Trump Tower.

The duo, who live together on Staten Island, have for two years impeded women from entering the clinic and got in their faces, even during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

“Let me be very clear: no person, no business and no government body has the right to deny or limit a woman’s access to an abortion, and I will continue to do everything within my legal power to support the reproductive rights of women,” James said.

Beatty welcomed the lawsuit.

“Any accusation against me stopping women from accessing their health care is a lie from the pit of hell,” she said.

“What [James] is doing is only giving us a better platform to expose the devil. Who she is and who she works for. Get ready for the torment you’re about to receive in your conscience. What you’re doing is evil and wicked.”

The clinic on Bleecker St. is the site of harassment by pro-life protesters every weekend. Planned Parenthood recruits and trains escorts who stand outside the building, accompanying women as they enter. A handful of protesters are typically present in the mornings, yelling about their Christian faith, praying, flashing graphic photos of fetuses and shaming women about abortions — though Planned Parenthood offers many services that have nothing to do with abortion.

“This is war. We are called on to destroy the works of the enemy,” Beatty said on Facebook in June, according to the suit. “We are going to terrorize this place!”

Chavannes took a similar approach.

“We’re going to block up this whole thing. We’re going to block this door. We’re going to block this door. Ain’t nobody going into that building today,” she allegedly declared in June.

Beatty was captured on video slamming a staff member’s hand in a door, shoving a volunteer patient escort attempting to enter the facility, slapping a different volunteer in the face and threatening to knock an escort unconscious, the AG’s office said.