Supreme Court Eliminates Buffer Zones at Abortion Clinics

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The Supreme Court today rejected Massachusetts' effort to enforce a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.The 9-0 decision is a free-speech victory for opponents of abortion. It upholds the rights of “sidewalk counselors” who wish to speak to young pregnant women to persuade them against having an abortion.The ruling is a setback for women's health clinics that have tried to prevent protesters from blocking their doors. The state Legislature adopted a broader buffer zone in 2007 in response to reports of protesters pushing and shoving near the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston. . . .

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