Marilyn Hatch, a Missoula pro-life advocate, was charged with a misdemeanor after allegedly standing too close to the entrance of the Blue Mountain Women’s Clinic while protesting legal abortion.
The charges against Hatch were dismissed after Thomas More Society attorneys sent a demand letter to the Senior Deputy City Attorney of Missoula pointing out that the ordinance the charges were based upon is unconstitutional.
Attorney Matt Heffron spoke to KGVO News after the charges against Hatch were dismissed.
“She was standing there minding her own business, and not too far from the gate to the entrance of the parking lot of the Blue Mountain Clinic there in Missoula,” said Heffron. “And that’s all she was doing. Basically, she held a sign and if anyone would come by want to talk she did that. At one point, one of the workers of the clinic opened the gate and approached her but Marilyn didn’t approach, but the clinic worker came closer to Marilyn.”
Heffron described what happened next.
“The police officer came back and gave her a citation that she was being charged with a misdemeanor crime for having violated an almost never used statute in the Montana statute books. It’s section 45-8-110,”