High Court Questions Mass. Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

Law360, New York (January 15, 2014, 7:20 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed a Massachusetts law requiring a 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics to keep protesters at bay, with several justices raising concerns that the law may improperly curb free-speech rights.

Even left-leaning justices, while appearing sympathetic to the spirit of the law, expressed some misgivings about its scope when considering the argument by Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Miller that protests and conversations still could take place, but only would have to be moved back “a few feet.”

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