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Baltimore handled anti-abortion protest reasonably well | READER COMMENTARY

Anti-abortion activists painted "Black Preborn Lives Matter" in the 300 block of N. Howard St. near a Planned Parenthood center, early last Saturday morning.
Anti-abortion activists painted "Black Preborn Lives Matter" in the 300 block of N. Howard St. near a Planned Parenthood center, early last Saturday morning. (Jonathan Pitts / Baltimore Sun)

I appreciated the article on page 2 of Sunday’s Baltimore Sun covering the “Black Preborn Lives Matter” message painted on the street outside the Planned Parenthood center in Baltimore by anti-abortion groups including Students for Life (“Anti-abortion demonstrators paint ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ outside Baltimore Planned Parenthood,” Sept. 5). I was generally impressed with the balanced presentation of this article with one exception: The writer waited until the very end of the article to reveal that, at least two weeks prior to the event, Students for Life had requested permission from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young to paint the message but the group never received a reply. This provided important context to the story and should have been mentioned earlier in the article.

Nevertheless, it was refreshing to read that Baltimore police officers chose not to issue citations which is consistent with the organization’s treatment of other groups in recent months. As noted in the article, this stands in stark contrast to the treatment received by Students for Life activists who faced charges of defacing public property for writing a similar message in chalk on a sidewalk outside of a Washington, D.C., Planned Parenthood center.

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Laura Johnson, Elkridge

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