Thursday, June 26, 2014
Supreme Court of the U.S. Voids Massachusetts Ban On Abortion Protest
The Supreme Court today struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.
The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.
Chief Justice John Roberts said authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics and noted that most of the problems reported by police and the clinics occurred outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Boston, and only on Saturdays when the largest crowds typically gather.
Supreme Court overrules ban on 35ft protest-free zones outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts because it violates First Amendment
Chief Justice John Roberts said on Thursday authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside abortion clinics
The case began when grandmother Eleanor McCullen and other abortion opponents sued over limits on their activities at Planned Parenthood health centers in Boston, Springfield and Worcester
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 11:11 EST, 26 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:33 EST, 26 June 2014