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6:25 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Justices Doubtful On MA Abortion Buffer Zone Law

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down a Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

Liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings about the law during arguments at the high court Wednesday. They questioned the size of the zone and whether the state could find less restrictive ways of ensuring patient access and safety.

No one has been prosecuted under the 2007 law, which state officials and clinic employees have said has resulted in less congestion outside the clinics.

The court last considered abortion clinic protest zones in 2000 when it upheld a Colorado law.

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