Supreme Court says abortion clinic buffer zone unconstitutional

Sean Lengell
The Washington Examiner

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that set 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics, saying it violated the First Amendment free speech rights of protesters.

The unanimous decision is a victory for anti-abortion activists and even some liberal-leaning groups who feared the law, if upheld, could make it more difficult for striking workers to picket outside their workplace.

The ruling doesn’t ban buffer zones entirely, as it said states still can pass laws that specifically ensure access to clinics. But the justices said such laws must protect free speech on public streets and sidewalks, a provision not guaranteed in the Massachusetts law…



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