Abortion Protest Case Tests First Amendment Boundaries

Supreme Court to review Massachusetts law that created 35-foot buffer at clinics.

, The National Law Journal

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Protestors behind the 35-foot buffer zone outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Boston
Protestors behind the 35-foot buffer zone outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Boston

Federal, state and local governments argue that striking down the Massachusetts law would put other buffer zones in limbo and jeopardize public safety at a time of budget cuts. Localities have created zones around ATMs, circuses, funeral homes and other locations — all of which could be called into question.

"If the court overturns Massachusetts, we're going to have to rewrite a bunch of ordinances," said Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center.

Contact Tony Mauro at tmauro@alm.com.

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