HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Long-time pro-life supporter and anti-abortion protester Joyce Fecteau and her husband have been a nearly daily fixture outside the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives on Madison Street for almost two decades.
Thursday Fecteau was in Huntsville Municipal Court on misdemeanor harassment charges from an incident in December 2012.
Pro-choice activists and clinic escorts Lisa Cox and Katherine Norlin swore out warrants in January accusing Fecteau of spraying them with an unknown liquid which was later identified as water Fecteau had blessed by a priest and referred to as “holy water.” The incident, which was captured on video via co-plaintiff Lisa Cox’s cell phone, occurred December 22 outside the women’s clinic.
Lisa Cox testified Fecteau sprayed another clinic escort named Nancy as she walked past Fecteau while carrying a smudge stick of burning sage, which Fectuea’s attorney referred to as “billowing smoke”. Fecteau’s attorney claimed Fecteau was trying to waft away the “noxious material” of the burning sage with the mist from her water bottle. Cox said Fecteau then purposely sprayed her directly in the right eye.
Katherine Norlin testified that after spraying others Fecteau looked her straight in the eye, smiled, pointed the nozzle of her water bottle toward Norlin and stayed her in the face. Norlin said although the liquid was shielded from her eyes by her sunglasses, it took her a moment after the spraying to realize how disturbing the action was, stating there could have been anything in the bottle.
Judge Sybil Cleveland continued the case for 8:30am on April 26. If convicted, Fecteau faces a potential maximum sentence of three months in jail and a $500 fine on each count of harassment.