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Supreme Court strikes down protest buffer zones around abortion clinics

Posted on June 27th, 2014 at 8:41 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a Massachusetts law that created 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to abortion clinics.

The law was prompted by a history of violence, including 1994 shootings at two facilities.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the state claimed “undeniably significant interests in maintaining public safety on streets and sidewalks, as well as in preserving access to adjacent health care facilities.”

But it took an “extreme step” in shutting portions of public sidewalks to protesters exercising their free speech rights, he wrote in a decision that suggested the state could pursue the same goals in other ways.


“The Attorney General alluded to the fact that the Supreme Court has its own buffer zone,” said Walz. “It was silent today about the constitutionality of its own buffer zone. It side-stepped the issue of whether or not its own buffer zone is constitutional, but the rationale expressed in the decision today certainly calls into question the constitutionality of the [court’s] buffer zone, so it will be interesting to see going forward how they address the applicability of today’s decision to what they get the benefit of each and every day that the women in our healthcare centers will no longer get the benefit of.”

  1. So their won’t be a buffer zone at the GOP convention?

  2. Sorry for the Freudian slip. I’m sure their buffer zone will be there.

  3. I think we ought to start protesting outside Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Catholic hospitals.

  4. @Mudak: They’d like that. It would make true their lies that liberals and progressives are trying to force all pregnant women to have abortions.

  5. That wouldn’t be the message. Places that don’t offer a full scope of options for an unwanted pregnancy think of women as little more than sperm receptacles and incubators. How about someone who thinks of women as, you know, human beings capable of thinking for themselves and making reasonable decisions without being judged for it?

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