Abortion Protest Case Tests First Amendment Boundaries
Supreme Court to review Massachusetts law that created 35-foot buffer at clinics.
Federal, state and local governments argue that striking down the Massachusetts law would put other buffer zones in limbo and jeopardize public safety at a time of budget cuts. Localities have created zones around ATMs, circuses, funeral homes and other locations — all of which could be called into question.
"If the court overturns Massachusetts, we're going to have to rewrite a bunch of ordinances," said Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center.
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