Supreme Court strikes down rule involving protesters and abortion clinics
WASHINGTON – Abortion is an issue at the heart of many debates across the country.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Massachusetts went too far when it created 35 foot buffer zones around abortion clinics to keep pro-life demonstrators away from patients.
According to the USA Today, the ruling said the distance improperly removed demonstrators from public sidewalks and spaces.
State leaders say the ban was enacted because of past violence, disruption and congestion at some of the reproductive health clinics.
The state argued the law is” justified solely by legitimate government interests in public safety and health care access.”
However, the justices struck down the ban saying that it targets abortion opponents’ specific point of view.
In 2000, the court upheld an eight-foot buffer zone in Colorado.