Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

High Court Case: Abortion Clinic Protest-Free Zone

Jan 13, 2014

Oral arguments are set for Wednesday at the Supreme Court in a challenge of a Massachusetts law that regulates where anti-abortion protesters can gather and approach patients near clinics.

In the state, abortion protesters must stay at least 35 feet away from a clinic's entrance. They argue the restriction is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. And they say they have little chance of reaching patients arriving at Planned Parenthood clinics by car.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments one week from today in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that establishes a protest-free zone around abortion clinics.  Thirty groups have filed briefs in the case including Planned Parenthood.