Supreme Court skeptical of abortion clinic buffer zones
January 16th, 2014
11:29 AM ET

Supreme Court skeptical of abortion clinic buffer zones

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

(CNN) - The Supreme Court waded cautiously back into the larger debate over abortion on Wednesday.

A number of justices raised concerns about a Massachusetts state law preventing activists from crossing a 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health clinics.

During an intense hour of oral arguments, Massachusetts officials said the issue was more about public safety and pedestrian access on local sidewalks. Anti-abortion supporters countered their free speech rights were being violated.

What the high court decides in coming months could affect a broader range of free speech arenas - over issues such as war, taxes, corporate bailouts and elections - where the location of the message is often key.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Courts • Culture wars • Ethics • gender issues • Health • Protest • Women

soundoff (1,188 Responses)
  1. Lana


    January 30, 2014 at 11:40 am |
  2. JustAnotherBigotFullaChristianHate

    as Long as the supreme court continues to keep their person BUFFER Zone in front of the Supreme Court ... I guess when you're a Supreme court member, you feel EXTRA SPECIAL ... lIke you NEED that Extra Special BUFFER ZONE .... even though we know that people at Clinics are Perpetuial Targets ...

    I just wiah the Supreme Court would just be blatent about telling us they are nwo there for corporations and special interests and that the citizenry doesn't matter .. anymore

    January 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
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