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NY attorney general sues anti-abortion groups for harassing patients outside Queens clinic

“The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction,” Schneiderman said. “We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

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By Narmeen Choudhury and Aliza Chasan; JUNE 20, 2017
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QUEENS — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against anti-abortion groups that harass patients at an abortion clinic, he announced Tuesday.

The demonstrators have blocked patients from entering Choices Medical Center with illegal physical contact and “horrifying” harassment tactics, Schneiderman said. Video shows protestors outside the Jamaica health care facility.

“The law guarantees women the right to control their own bodies and access the reproductive health care they need, without obstruction,” Schneiderman said. “We’ll do what it takes to protect those rights for women across New York.”

Choices founder and CEO Merle Hoffman has faced decades of opposition to abortion. She opened one of the first legal abortion facilities in the country in 1971, two years before Roe V. Wade. Hoffman is frustrated.

“We couldn’t do anything until today,” she said.

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Pix11 story on AG Shneiderman's lawsuit

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