Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic protest free zone law

06/26/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a Massachusetts law that creates a protest-free zone around abortion clinics. As reported by Bloomberg, the high court stated the law, which calls for the creation of a 35-foot protest free zone around entrances of the clinics, was in violation of the free speech rights of protestors.

Although the justices were divided on their rational, all nine voted unanimously that the measure went against guarantees of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

The law was enacted in Massachusetts in 2007. Charmaine Yoest, president of prolife organization, Americans United for Life, is quoted in the report as stating of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, “Massachusetts government officials had sought to use the threat of arrest and criminal conviction to silence those offering women life-affirming alternatives to abortion… The Supreme Court rightly rejected this unlawful attempt to deny pro-life Americans their First Amendment rights.”

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