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Published: Wednesday, 4/24/2013

Anti-abortion advocate is suing city of Ann Arbor

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — A man who uses his car to spread an anti-abortion message is suing the city of Ann Arbor and its police chief over what he says is the violation of his free-speech rights.

Paul Dobrowolski displays signs with phrases such as “Abortion hurts women” in the window of a vehicle he parks outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

The suit says Dobrowolski was ticketed twice last year for violating a portion of the city code that prohibits parking a vehicle on a street for the purpose of displaying advertising.

One of Dobrowolski’s signs gives the name, phone number and address of a facility that provides free ultrasounds.

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje says he doesn’t comment on pending litigation, but “the city enforces the law.”



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