What Today’s Supreme Court Ruling Means for Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law allowing a protest “buffer zone” around abortion clinics.

Anti-abortion protestor Eleanor McCullen (L) of Newton, Massachusetts, and her attorney, Philip Moran (R) speak outside the US Supreme Court following oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, dealing with a Massachusetts law imposing a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics for demonstrations and protests, in Washington, DC, January 15, 2014. McCullen argues that the 2007 state law restricts her free speech rights under the First Amendment, while the state and Planned Parenthood argue they provide protection for individuals going to the clinics and provide a way to maintain public safety. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB 
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