Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Curbing Abortion Protesters


Published 06/26 2014 10:47AM

Updated 06/26 2014 10:49AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay at least 35 feet from the entrances to clinics that provide abortions, a decision that cast a legal cloud over similar provisions in other states.

The court found that Massachusetts had violated the First Amendment and shut off a traditional public forum. It held that the state had not tried less intrusive methods to address its concerns.

The law was challenged by opponents who said they wanted to talk to women entering the clinics about alternatives to abortion.

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