Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

New England News
8:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

High Court Case: Abortion Clinic Protest-Free Zone

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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.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA

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.

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