Judge rules against Stericycle’s attempt to stifle pro-life speech

A lawsuit for a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the waste disposal company infamous for hauling off Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby parts was rejected Monday in an Illinois court. Stericyle had filed for a TRO against pro-life group Created Equal after the group created its #ProjectWeakLink campaign in which Created Equal issued information to encourage people to contact Stericyle.

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Prior to the suit, Created Equal’s executive director Mark Harrington said the TRO was “intended to stifle their message that Stericycle is ‘enabling’ abortion giant Planned Parenthood to continue profiting by taking advantage of women and their preborn children.”

Created Equal noted:

Stericycle has taken objection to Created Equal’s Project Weak Link initiative, which takes its cue from an abortionist’s published statement that they are “one incineration company away from being closed.” The Ohio Attorney General investigation of Planned Parenthood confirmed that the nation’s largest abortion provider depends on Stericycle for disposal of aborted fetuses.  Created Equal distributes informational literature that encourages the public to express their objections to Stericycle for its role enabling Planned Parenthood to continue performing abortions.

So the aborted baby parts disposal company decided to try to stifle Created Equal–and lost.
Created Equal’s Mark Harrington said:
Today, arguments were presented in a lawsuit by Stericycle, Inc. against the pro-life group Created Equal. The Thomas More Society, a national non-profit law firm, represented Created Equal and its Executive Director Mark Harrington, against a temporary restraining order. This order intended to stifle their first amendment protected message that Stericycle is “enabling” abortion giant Planned Parenthood to kill preborn children.
In the case of Stericycle, Inc., et al. v. Created Equal PAC, et al., Thomas More Society Special Counsel Peter Breen successfully defended the organization’s right to free speech without censoriship before Judge Margaret Marcoullier of the Circuit Court for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Judge Marcoullier issued the handwritten statement Monday morning with the word denied, underlined. Attorney Breen said:

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a case strikingly similar to this one, said that nobody has the right to be ‘free from public criticism of his business practices in pamphlets or leaflets. The irreparable harm of losing the ability to practice free speech for even minimal periods of time outweighs Stericycle’s theoretical potential business reputational harm, both in the immediacy of a temporary restraining order and in the future.

And the judge agreed. Additionally, the campaign against Stericyle has already been shown to be based on fact, as Created Equal notes:

The Ohio Attorney General recently reported in Planned Parenthood Investigation Summary Regarding Disposal of Aborted Fetuses that Stericycle disposes of fetal remains for Planned Parenthood (PP) facilities in Ohio. Further, Stericycle is Planned Parenthood’s main medical waste service provider in America.

Free speech remains alive and well in a courtroom where the biggest transporters of those who are no longer alive and well tried to halt pro-lifers’ free speech. And Created Equal will continue to fight vocally for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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