The lawsuit cites one rescue that Hinshaw took part in at All Women’s Care in Manhasset on April 24, 2021. It alleges that one Red Rose Rescue member pretended to be a patient and then let other members of the group into the abortion clinic.
According to the lawsuit, the activists “occupied the waiting room, rendering it unusable by patients” at which point “the staff had to instruct patients to leave the clinic and wait in their cars.” The staff called the police, who ultimately arrested three members who refused to leave, including Hinshaw.
Hinshaw was charged with trespassing and obstruction. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and is currently serving three years of probation. Although three people were charged with crimes, none of them were charged with FACE Act violations for this event.
Hinshaw criticized the attorney general’s characterization of the group’s activism, stating that members did not block access to the clinic in the event he attended.
“[The attorney general] said I blocked access,” Hinshaw said. “... No access was blocked, so unsurprisingly another New York politician has no trouble lying.”
Hinshaw added that this is the only Red Rose Rescue he attended in New York and criticized the attorney general for saying the defendants were repeatedly engaged in these activities, stating: “I did it once.” He said the lawsuit is “ridiculous,” but “it’s typical of what you get from New York.”
“They don’t want us anywhere near the abortion mills because … there’s the chance that women will change their minds and not follow through with an abortion,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw was later charged with violating the FACE Act for activism in Washington, D.C. He told CNA that this event was not affiliated with Red Rose Rescue.
A priest and witness for life
Father Moscinski, a priest of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who is named as a defendant and is involved with Red Rose Rescue, is the only person named in the suit who has been charged with violating the FACE Act in New York.
The charges stem from a July 7, 2022, rescue in which Moscinski, acting on his own and not with Red Rose Rescue, placed industrial locks and chains on the front gate of a Planned Parenthood clinic to halt operations.
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Patel accused the attorney general of targeting pro-life activists and not holding pro-abortion groups accountable.
“There [have] been 15-plus arrests over the course of two years at our monthly Witness for Life where pro-abortion members terrorize the elderly, the disabled, and religious during our prayer vigils yet she has never once pursued any investigation into this violent and extremist group,” Patel said.
“Letitia James is following the same script that dictatorships of [the] past have followed: Silence those that disagree with you by unjustly imprisoning them,” Patel added. “May God have mercy on her soul and on the State of New York.”