Federal judge grants abortion protesters
injunction against Granite City
- Large anti-abortion signs,
including pictures of dismembered fetuses, may be streetside at
's Labor Day parade, a federal judge ruled today.
U.S. District Judge William Stiehl granted an
temporary injunction against enforcement of a city law that bans signs
larger that 8.5- by 11 inches within 25 feet of a parade route in
The injunction is not permanent, but will remain in
force until the court makes a decision in a lawsuit against the city
by anti-abortion leaders Angela and Daniel Michael of
The Michaels lead the Small Victories anti-abortion
group. Members of the group, including Daniel Michael, scuffled at the
city's last Christmas parade with parade goers who objected to their
The city passed its parade sign law the following
The Michaels and Small Victory frequently
's Hope Clinic for Women. It is the only abortion clinic in
Angela Michael said Thursday she and her husband
were coming home from the Hope Clinic when they received word of the
"We're not gloating, but it was a day
brightened," she said.
Michael said she is "not sure" whether she
will hold up a picture sign at the Labor Day parade.
"I want to hold a sign that tells the
truth," she said. "I have no control over what other people
Mayor Ed Hagnauer said Thursday the injunction is
"It still believe it's wrong and the judge made
a bad ruling," Hagnauer said. "Is he only looking at the
right of the people who carry the signs and not at the right of the
people who come and then have to explain to their children what the
"You couldn't show those pictures in a movies
rated G. That's what a parade is: G-rated."
He said the city will continue defense of the law in
federal court when the Michael's lawsuit goes to trial.
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