The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, successfully defended Gene Forro, a pro-life advocate in Flint, Michigan. Forro has been active in the pro-life movement for twenty years and regularly engages in pro-life advocacy outside the Feminine Health Care Clinic, a Flint abortion facility.
This past January, without Forro's knowledge, the director of the clinic obtained a personal protection order against Forro, claiming he was harassing her. According to the terms of the order, Forro was no longer permitted to appear at the clinic to engage in his pro-life ministry, which includes sidewalk counseling and praying for the end of abortion.
As soon as Forro learned about the personal protection order, he contacted the Thomas More Law Center, which agreed to represent him. Edward L. White III, trial counsel with the Law Center, appeared at three hearings on Forro's behalf. On March 19, 2007, the court entered an order terminating the personal protection order. Forro is now again permitted to engage in his peaceful pro-life ministry outside the clinic.
According to Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel for the Thomas More Law Center, "People in the abortion industry often use the court system to intimidate and silence pro-life advocates. Here, we are pleased we had the opportunity to successfully represent Mr. Forro and at no charge to him."
Forro commented, "I am glad I can continue my pro-life ministry."