Supreme Court skeptical on abortion clinic 'buffer zone' law
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:07
Jan. 15 - U.S. Supreme Court justices indicate they may strike down Massachusetts law that mandates a protective 'buffer zone' around abortion clinics as unconstitutional. Gavino Garay reports.
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A law that creates a protective 'buffer zone' around Massachusetts abortion clinics may be struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The zone is cordoned-off by a yellow line that surrounds the entrance of abortion clinics.
During an hour-long argument before the court, a majority of the justices expressed concern that the law may be too broad.
Eleanor McCullen, an anti-abortion advocate and plaintiff in the case gave the news a thumbs-up. She says the 'buffer zone' keeps her from speaking to women who enter the clinic. Anti-abortion advocates view this as a violation of their First Amendment rights.
(SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF ELEANOR MCCULLEN SAYING:
"They really don't want to go in. They need somebody to care for them. And I care. I truly care. Then, when we get to the buffer zone, I have to stop."
But supporters of the 2007 law, like Marty Walz of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, say the law has been effective.
(SOUNDBITE) MARTY WALZ, PLANNED PARENTHOOD LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS SAYING:
"It's the only thing that's ever worked, to maintain safety at our health centers."
A ruling on the case is expected by the end of June.
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