The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a federal lawsuit against an abortion protester, claiming he used force against a volunteer escort and tried to intimidate women to keep them from going to a clinic in Louisville.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, seeks to have a judge prohibit David Hamilton from coming within eight feet of anyone obtaining or providing services at EMW Women's Surgical Center, the only abortion clinic in Louisville.
The suit accuses Hamilton of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which was passed in 1994 after a series of slayings by anti-abortion protesters, and is seeking a $15,000 penalty and $5,000 in compensatory damages. . . .