US supreme court justices appear skeptical of abortion clinic buffer zones


Dan Roberts
theguardian.com
January 15, 2014

US supreme court justices appear sceptical of abortion clinic buffer zones

Court’s conservatives may be ready to strike down Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law on free speech grounds

The battle lines of America’s culture wars threatened to draw closer on Wednesday, as the supreme court questioned the constitutionality of buffer zones designed to keep pro-life activists away from abortion clinics.

Though a final decision will not be reached for several months, a narrow majority of justices on the court, which is dominated by a conservative bloc, appeared sympathetic to free speech arguments against at least parts of the Massachusetts law.

“The government doesn’t get to decide what is said on the public pavement,” said Mark Rienzi, the lawyer representing the pro-life activists who brought the case.

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