U.S. Supreme CourtJudgement

Strikes down abortion clinic buffer zone

26 Jun, 2014

With a  9-0 vote, the Court rules the 2007 Massachusetts’  law requiring a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics violated the freedom of speech rights of anti-abortion protesters under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it prevents them from standing on the sidewalk and speaking to people entering the clinics.  Justice John Roberts says that the state  has:

too readily foregone options that could serve its interests just as well, without substantially burdening the kind of speech in which petitioners wish to engage.

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