1st Circ. Upholds Mass. Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

Law360, New York (January 10, 2013, 2:06 PM EST) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday upheld a Massachusetts statute instituting a 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics in several cities, ruling that the law did not unfairly impinge on the free speech rights of protestors.

According to the three-judge panel, U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro had correctly found that the law served a valid public safety purpose and had been appropriately balanced between the rights of clinic employees and patients and the rights of protesters by allowing several alternative avenues for protesters' complaints, meaning it...
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