Westchester County anti-abortion activists sentenced – NBC New York
Three men were convicted of criminal trespassing on Thursday for illegally entering the grounds of a women-only private medical practice in Westchester County and spending two hours trying to convince female patients not to get aborting and having to physically exit the building, authorities mentioned.
Matthew Connelly, 40, and William Goodman and Christopher Moscinski, both 52, were found guilty of the misdemeanor charge on Thursday after a three-day trial. All three are affiliated with Red Rose Rescue, a religious group against abortion.
It was two days after Thanksgiving last year, on November 25, that the trio walked inside All Women’s Medical in White Plains and remained in the office for about two hours despite repeated warnings from medical staff and the White Plains Police Department to leave, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Roach said.
Two of the men remained in the waiting room, while one was upstairs blocking the entrance to the office. All were arrested by White Plains police and had to be physically transported out of the office, Roach said.
“The District Attorney’s Office will vigorously pursue any criminal act that interferes with an individual’s constitutional right to free access to health care,” Roach said in a statement. “There are no insignificant cases when it comes to protecting reproductive rights.”