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New York’s star witness against pro-life counselors admits her testimony is false

The escort's testimony fell apart during cross-examination. New York's star witness against pro-life counselors admits her testimony is false
Tue Feb 27, 2018 - 11:57 am EST
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Abortion escorts in front of Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Clinic on Bleecker St., New York, Aug. 22, 2015. Shutterstock.com

BROOKLYN, February 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) –  A star witness in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against a group of pro-life sidewalk counselors admitted in federal court that her testimony was not true.

In reality, Mary Lou Greenberg, who heads up the abortion escort program at Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, New York, testified on Wednesday, February 21, that her accusations against the life advocates on trial were “borrowed” from another escort, whose words were used to describe actions by different people at an entirely different clinic.

“Greenburg also admitted that when a woman is leaving the clinic in the company of sidewalk counselors, she will insert herself, uninvited, into the conversation, and will follow the entourage continuing her comments,” explained Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society Special Counsel.

“This is the same behavior the Attorney General is accusing the pro-life witnesses of engaging in, but calling it illegal harassment when done by them to save babies lives. Greenburg claims she is justified because she is providing ‘important information’ she feels the woman ought to have. By contrast, our clients are offering receptive women information that can save the lives of their babies,” he said.

The pro-life sidewalk counselors, ten of whom are members of [email protected] in Brooklyn, have been slapped with federal harassment charges by Schneiderman, for offering abortion-bound women information on life-affirming alternatives. The sidewalk counselors are represented by the Thomas More Society, whose legal defense of them is rooted in their Constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Greenberg wrote in a sworn declaration: “They say that Choices does not care about them. The protesters say that ambulances come and take women away once or twice a day, that women have to have hysterectomies after an abortion, and that Choices throws away ‘the baby’ in the garbage. All of these are just lies.”

But, on cross-examination by Cannon, Greenberg admitted that she used those exact words in 2010 magazine article, quoting another escort at another clinic. That was two years prior to the weekly pro-life outreach conducted by [email protected] members outside of Choices, which commenced in 2012.

The trial, which began on February 12, has garnered attention due to Schneiderman’s well-publicized support of the abortion industry and the notoriety of Choices’ owner, Merle Hoffman, the woman Forbes dubbed the “millionaire abortionist,” who has been providing abortions since 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade became law.

Hoffman smeared pro-life sidewalk counselors earlier this month in court while providing testimony for the case, calling their convictions comparable to the Taliban’s “misogyny and fundamentalism.” 

Read more about People v. Griepp et al, heard in the United States District Court Eastern District of New York, before Judge Carol Bagley Amon here.​


  abortion, buffer zone, choices women’s medical center, eric schneiderman, mary lou greenberg, merle hoffman, people v. griepp, thomas more society

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